European Integration and the Disembedding of Labour Market Regulation: Transnational Labour Relations at the European Central Bank Construction Site

17 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2014

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Ines Wagner

University of Jyväskylä

Nathan Lillie

University of Helsinki; University of Jyväskylä

Date Written: March 2014

Abstract

European integration through mutual recognition has facilitated the growth of a pan‐European labour supply system in which transnational subcontractors ‘post’ workers from low‐wage areas to higher wage areas. This allows employers to create spaces of exception in which the national industrial relations system of the country where work occurs does not fully apply. Drawing on interviews with managers, workers, unionists and works councillors at the European Central Bank construction site in Frankfurt, Germany, this article shows how transnational subcontracting allows employers to access, and create competition between, sovereign regulatory regimes. It concludes that high‐cost, high‐collective good national systems such as the German one, which depend on territorial boundedness for their integrity, are likely to be destabilized by this aspect of European integration.

Suggested Citation

Wagner, Ines and Lillie, Nathan, European Integration and the Disembedding of Labour Market Regulation: Transnational Labour Relations at the European Central Bank Construction Site (March 2014). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 52, Issue 2, pp. 403-419, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2395566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12096

Ines Wagner (Contact Author)

University of Jyväskylä

Seminaarinkatu 30
Jyväskylä, 40100
Finland

Nathan Lillie

University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, FIN-00014
Finland

University of Jyväskylä ( email )

Seminaarinkatu 30
Jyväskylä, 40100
Finland

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