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Cross-Border Collective Bargaining and Transnational Social Dialogue

IP/A/EMPL/ST/2010-06 - PE 464.431

Study requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

The present study analyses cross-border collective bargaining and transnational social dialogue across the EU and aims to survey its impact at the European level. Therefore, the study discusses the current prevailing EU legislative framework as well as the latest developments within this area. By mapping the social partnership across the EU, it is shown that the system of industrial relations differs from Member State to Member State, in particular between the EU-15 and the EU-12 Member States. The study also finds that in practice cross-border collective bargaining plays only a minor role, while transnational social dialogue including international and European framework agreements has been developing significantly during recent years, although no legal framework for such transnational texts exists thus so far. Similarly, it is noted that European Works Councils constitute effective motors within the development process of transnational social dialogue. The study concludes with a discussion on further advancement of EU legislation and the formulation of practical policy recommendations for the European Parliament.

author(s): W. Eichhorst (IZA), M. J. Kendzia (IZA), B. Vandeweghe (IDEA Consult)
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