Following the ‘Organising Model’ of British Unions? Organising Non-Standard Workers in Germany and the Netherlands

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Kurt Vandaele

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Janine Leschke

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Business and Politics

Date Written: March 31, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Vandaele, Kurt and Leschke, Janine, Following the ‘Organising Model’ of British Unions? Organising Non-Standard Workers in Germany and the Netherlands (March 31, 2010). ETUI Working Paper 2010.02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2264064 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2264064

Kurt Vandaele (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

Janine Leschke

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Business and Politics ( email )

Copenhagen
Denmark

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