Following the ‘Organising Model’ of British Unions? Organising Non-Standard Workers in Germany and the Netherlands
47 Pages Posted: 14 May 2013
Date Written: March 31, 2010
Over the last three decades trade unions in almost all European countries have been losing members. In particular non-standard workers (part-time employed, temporary employed and own- account self-employed) are currently less likely than those on standard contracts to be organised in unions. The paper, which is based on a literature review, has a two-fold purpose. A first objective is to provide a survey of the initiatives developed by trade unions in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK for organising non-standard workers. A second objective is to assess whether, and to what extent, the Dutch and German unions are influenced by British union practices for recruiting new members and among them non-standard workers.
Keywords: precarious employment, temporary employment, part time employment, self employment, trade unionization, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom
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