Why Trade Unions Seek to Coordinate Wages and Collective Bargaining in the Eurozone: Past Developments and Future Prospects

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Vera Glassner

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Philippe Pochet

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: May 3, 2011

Abstract

In the run-up to European Monetary Union (EMU) trade unions across Europe began to coordinate their bargaining policies transnationally. This paper provides an overview of the efforts made by European and national trade unions to coordinate collective bargaining and wage formation at the sectoral and intersectoral levels to date, embedding them in the broader framework of a European industrial relations system. It concludes with a brief discussion of the likely implications for the trade unions’ transnational bargaining coordination policies of the plans to further centralise economic policies in the Eurozone.

Keywords: collective bargaining, social dialogue, wages, European works council, trade union attitude, Europeanization, industrial relations, EMU, trade union

Suggested Citation

Glassner, Vera and Pochet, Philippe, Why Trade Unions Seek to Coordinate Wages and Collective Bargaining in the Eurozone: Past Developments and Future Prospects (May 3, 2011). ETUI Working Paper 2011.03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2221845 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2221845

Vera Glassner (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Philippe Pochet

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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