Trade Unions in the EU Facing Global Companies: Legal Obstacles and Innovations
Title: Trade Unions in the EU Facing Global Companies: Legal Obstacles and Innovations
Publisher: European University Institute
Series/Report no.: EUI LAW; 2007/27
In the European Union, a set of legal instruments was developed to enhance social partners’ actions. Here, we consider whether these instruments encourage, at Community level, efficient trade union actions in response to the strategies deployed by multinational firms at international level. In the first part, this paper synthetically illustrates that, despite these positive developments, some considerable legal obstacles remain in the European Union. In contrast, the second part presents some interesting and innovative experiences. A precise evaluation of their results is still difficult to make, because they are related to emerging legal norms whose appropriation by social partners is still in its early stages.
Subject: European trade unions; global companies; multinational companies strategies; European social dialogue; trans-national collective bargaining; European Work Council; European Company (SE)
Type of Access: openAccess