Workplace trade union engagement with European Works Councils and transnational agreements: the case of Volkswagen Europe

Whittall, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-6108-7021, Lucio, M.M., Mustchin, S., Telljohann, V. and Sánchez, F.R., 2017. Workplace trade union engagement with European Works Councils and transnational agreements: the case of Volkswagen Europe. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 23 (4), pp. 397-414. ISSN 0959-6801

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Abstract

This article examines two transnational agreements signed by the Volkswagen European and Global Works Councils, considering their interlinked implementation within subsidiaries in Britain, Italy, Spain and Germany. We demonstrate differing stances and some uncertainty towards principles of co-management, social dialogue and codetermination. These agreements have improved local industrial relations and strengthened cross-national interaction between employee representatives, despite significant differences in orientation regarding how unions should engage with management. However, the emerging international framework has not led to a clear politics of incorporation, with local trade unions being well aware of the risks of co-management and a more business-oriented relationship.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: European Journal of Industrial Relations
Creators: Whittall, M., Lucio, M.M., Mustchin, S., Telljohann, V. and Sánchez, F.R.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2017
Volume: 23
Number: 4
ISSN: 0959-6801
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10.1177/1721727X17699444DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Mar 2019 10:57
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019 15:07
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35945

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