Peter Lang Publ. 2003 200 s. ISBN 90-5201-959-2
Bogomtale fra forlaget.
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
The Editors: Deborah Foster is a BA (Hons) in Sociology (University of
Lancaster), PhD (University of Bath) and a lecturer in Human Resource Management
at Cardiff University Business School.
Peter Scott is a BA (Hons) in Politics
and Government (City of London Polytechnic), MSc (University of Manchester) and
PhD (University of Bath) and is a senior lecturer in Organisation Studies at the
University of Portsmouth.
They have worked together on a number of research
projects and publications, including various articles on the impact of policies
of privatisation and marketisation on trade unions in the UK. More recently,
they have conducted research into European Monetary Union, public services and
trade unionism in Europe. Both have been actively involved in the British
Sociological Association journal, Work, Employment and