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A Solution for Transnational Labour Regulation?

Company Internationalization and European Works Councils in the Automotive Sector

Axel Hauser-Ditz, Markus Hertwig, Ludger Pries and Luitpold Rampeltshammer

This book examines the role that European employee representatives play in the restructuring of firms. In a globalized economy, company internationalization and transnational restructuring are of growing concern for employees and trade unions. In the European Union, the still rather new institution of European works councils provides basic rights for employees. Using examples of eight large automotive manufacturers like Volkswagen, GM or Toyota, the volume analyzes the internationalization strategies of the companies and the effects of European works councils, pointing to a high degree of variation in strategies and effectiveness of cross-border employee representation.
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Figure 1:   Four ideal-types of international organisation

Figure 2:   An explanatory model of EWC type and effectiveness

Figure 3:   Distribution of Daimler AG operations in Europe, 2008

Figure 4:   Distribution of seats on the Daimler EWC (2008)

Figure 5:   Distribution of plants within the VW group

Figure 6:   Distribution of seats in the Volkswagen EWC, 2008

Figure 7:   Distribution of plants in the PSA Group in Europe, 2008

Figure 8:   Allocation of EWC seats on the PSA EWC, 2008

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