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Greek Labour Relations in Transition in a Global Context

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Dimosthenis Daskalakis

The book investigates Greek industrial relations in a global context at different periods. Combining sociological, institutional, political and social aspects, it discusses industrial relations from statism that prevailed up to the ‘80s, to policies after the early ‘90s requesting modernisation and democratic neocorporatism. It also analyzes the dramatic overthrow of the institutional and real balance in the labour market after the conclusion of the Memorandum with the E.U. and I.M.F. and the great recession of the last six years.
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Chapter 5: Collective Bargaining

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The term “collective bargaining” has two meanings worldwide46. In its broad sense, it refers to any form of communication between employees and employers, whereas in its narrow sense it refers to collective bargaining, resulting in binding texts mutually acceptable, that is, collective bargaining agreements. According to the definition adopted by International Labour Convention 154: “for the promotion of collective bargaining”47, the term “collective bargaining” refers to all negotiations that take place, between an employer, on the one hand, and a group of employers or one or more employers’ organizations, on the other hand, in order to (a) determine the terms and conditions of employment (or employment conditions); and / or (b) to regulate relations between employers or professional organizations and one or more unions. Collective bargaining is one of the oldest and most important institutions in industrial relations that emerged in the 19th century (Koukoules, 1985, p. 414)and followed the course of the development of mass trade union movement, especially during the first and second industrial revolution. It is the expression of the right to collective autonomy (Daskalakis, 1993, pp. 209–211), and is connected with the right to form unions, which is usually safeguarded with the constitutions of the European Nation-States.48 The importance of collective bargaining is determined by the fact that the institution that developed in free economy and in the countries of the former socialism – with, of course, different features (ILO, 1977, p. 7.) – with the regulations it produces, it covers very significant ← 179 | 180...

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