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Trade Unions in Europe

Meeting the Challenge


Deborah Foster and Peter Scott

Trade unions in Europe are constantly facing new challenges as the scope and influence of the European Union increases in the spheres of employment and social regulation. This book examines the dilemmas brought about by contemporary processes of economic and social change in the EU and evaluates the role and influence of trade unions and the nature of their response. Contributors are drawn from a number of different countries, and chapters address contemporary issues in areas of expertise in the field of industrial relations. Topics include: the European social partners and the effectiveness of social dialogue processes; the implications of subsidiarity and the open method of co-ordination; gender representation in trade unions; European Monetary Union and the public services; the ambiguous role of trade unions in European Works Councils; and the internal reform, organisation and restructuring of trade unions in Europe.
This text is a useful reader, addressing a number of key contemporary developments in European trade unions and industrial relations. It will be of interest to those studying industrial relations, business studies, sociology, European studies and political science as well as managers, trade unionists and practitioners in the field of social and employment policy.
Contents: Deborah Foster/Peter Scott: Preface – Peter Scott/Deborah Foster: Meeting the Challenge? – Jeremy Waddington/Reiner Hoffmann: Trade Unions in Europe: Reform, Organisation and Restructuring – Jane Pillinger: Gender, Trade Unions and Inequality in the Public Services – Philippe Pochet: Subsidiarity, Social Dialogue and the Open Method of Co-ordination: The Role of the Trade Unions – Berndt Keller: The European Social Partners: Projects and Future Perspectives – Herman Knudsen: European Works Councils: A Difficult Question for Trade Unions – Deborah Foster/Peter Scott: Trade Unions, Public Services and the Euro.