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

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Publication Details

Author(s): Whittall M, Martinez Lucio M, Mustchin S, Telljohann V, Rocher Sanchez F
Journal: European Journal of Industrial Relations
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 24
Journal issue: 3
ISSN: 0959-6801
Language: English


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.

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