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Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Industrialized Market Economies

8th and Revised edition

Roger Blanpain

Kluwer Law International 2004, ISBN 9041122893
Bogomtale fra forlaget.

Even in an era of sweeping change in all walks of life, the ongoing transformation of the world of work stands out. With the convergence of globalized markets, multinational corporate employers, and new information technologies, the old secure and stable world of offices and factories has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Inevitably, the traditional legal regimes applicable to labour and industrial relations have been altered beyond recognition, and continue to undergo rapid change.

In this connection, few legal resources have proven themselves as useful as the classic compilation of expert analysis here presented in its eighth and updated edition. With the overarching purpose of describing the salient characteristics and trends in labour law and industrial relations in the world today, the book s 23 chapters probe such crucial issues as the following:

  • the new trade union movement; European Works Councils
  • employers organizations; European Union; International Labour Organisation
  • human resource management;
  • codes of conduct of multinational enterprises;
  • conflicts of laws in employment contracts;
  • self-employed workers;
  • privacy; and
  • employability .

    The approach throughout is comparative, whether the specific focus is national, regional, or international. The authors bring their perspectives from a wide range of contexts, including labour unions, employers organizations, employment law practice, academic research, the European Commission, and the International Labour Organisation. They come from Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands, Australia, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, and France.

    Clearly, this approach has an eye to the future. Labour law and industrial relations have already become de facto international concerns, and harmonization is proceeding rapidly at both formal and informal levels. This comparative and integrated treatment of the entire field as it currently exists marks trends that will be established in a matter of years. At the moment, with its huge fund of information and its many brilliant insights, this book is an invaluable asset to practitioners, officials, and academics in the field.

    Table of Contents

      Notes on Contributors. Editor s Preface. List of Abbreviations. Methodology. Chapter 1. Comparativism in Labour Law and Industrial Relations. R. Blanpain (Belgium). Chapter 2. Comparative Labour Law: Sources and Documentation. M. Colucci (Italy). Chapter 3. Comparative Research in Labour Law using the Internet.L. Salas (Belgium).Actors. Chapter 4. International Employers Organizations. G. Rynhart (IEO). Chapter 5. The International Trade Union Movement. J. P. Windmuller, S. Pursey and J. Baker. (ILO). Chapter 6. Human Resource Management in Context. R.S. Schuler and S.E. Jackson. (USA). Sources of Regulation.Chapter 7. International Labour Law. L. Swepston (ILO). Chapter 8. The European Union and Employment Law. R. Blanpain (Belgium). Chapter 9. Multinational Enterprises and Codes of Conduct. The OECD Guidelines.R. Blanpain (Belgium). Chapter 10. Conflicts of Laws in Employment Contracts and Industrial Relations. F. Gamillscheg and M. Franzen (Germany). International Developments and Comparative Studies. Chapter 11. Freedom of Association. B. Creighton. (Australia). Chapter 12. Subordinate Employees or Self-Employed Workers? C. Engels. (Belgium). Chapter 13. Working Conditions and Globalization. J.-M. Servais. (Switzerland). Chapter 14. Equality and the Prohibition of Discrimination in Employment. R. Ben-Israel (Israel) and P. Foubert (Belgium). Chapter 15. Employment Privacy.F. Hendricks (Belgium). Chapter 16. Security of Employment and Employability. Jacques Rojot (France). Chapter 17. National Trade Unions Movements. C.P. Cella and T. Treu (Italy). Chapter 18. Forms of Employee Representational Participation. M. Biagi and M. Tiraboschi(Italy). Chapter 19. Transnational Information and Consultation: The European Works Council Directive. C. Engels and L. Salas (Belgium). Chapter 20. Collective Bargaining: Towards Decentralisation? G.J. Bamber and P. Sheldon (Australia). Chapter 21. The Law of Strikes and Lockouts. A.T.J.M. Jacobs (The Netherlands). Chapter 22. Settlement of Disputes over Rights. A. Gladstone (Switzerland). Chapter 23. Settlement of Disputes over Interests. A. Goldman (USA. Index