More Holes in the Bucket: Twenty Years of European Integration and Organized Labor
46 Pages Posted: 17 May 2006
Against the background of changes in European integration, labor markets, firms, families, and politics, this paper surveys and discusses changes in union representation and labor regulation. In particular, the paper questions the role and presence of labor unions as collective intermediaries of employment relations and providers of employee rights. The paper finds that the recent emphasis in European and national law and collective bargaining on choice, customized standards, and soft contracts has deeply contradictory implications, potentially squeezing out the unions and making their importance as "custodians of individual rights" and defenders of ambitious standards more important.
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