What next for unions in Central and Eastern Europe? Invisibility, departure and the transformation of industrial relations

Korkut, Umut and de Ruyter, Alex and Maganaris, Manos and Bailey, David (2016) What next for unions in Central and Eastern Europe? Invisibility, departure and the transformation of industrial relations. European Journal of Industrial Relations. pp. 1-16. ISSN 0959-6801

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Abstract

This article examines union revitalization in Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on two countries: Hungary and Latvia. Trade unions have not only had to cope with a declining membership base, but have also had to respond to austerity programmes and government cuts in public sector employment. We argue that the inability of unions to provide a strong voice for alternative policies to the current neoliberal orthodoxy has been driven by a declining membership base, but also by weakened social dialogue mechanisms, limited industrial representation and an ageing membership profile, exacerbated by net outward migration in recent years. However, we find that unions in Latvia and Hungary have responded differently to these issues.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N600 Human Resource Management
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Strategy, Marketing and Economics
UoA Collections > UoA19: Business and Management Studies
Depositing User: Miss Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 14:14
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 14:14
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3865

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