EU sources -Trade union’s challenges -September 16, 2013

Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick and Richard Hyman presented the key findings of a study of trade unions in 10 Western European countries, in which they explored responses to the challenges which confront them. Governments profess their inability to resist the dictates of global economic forces; major companies are almost universally transnational in their ownership and production strategies; collective bargaining power has declined, as has the trade union influence on government and, in some countries, their public respect. But hard times can stimulate new thinking and hence provide new opportunities; the challenge is to review unions’ purposes and priorities and to devise new ways of achieving these.

English: http://column.global-labour-university.org/2013/09/trade-unions-in-western-europe ...

 

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