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European Works Councils as Risk Communities: The Case of General Motors

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Abstract ■ The European works council (EWC) at General Motors is widely regarded as an outstanding example of cross-border trade union cooperation. This article reconstructs its development as a European trade union `risk community', which since the mid-1990s has faced unprecedented challenges to workers' interests as a result of intra-European competition for investment and GM's strategy of corporate globalization. To a limited extent, the EWC offered a European solution to local and national problems, but cross-border cooperation has remained fragile and issue-specific, and has implied a Eurocentric notion of trade union internationalism.
Free Keywords European works councils; General Motors; international trade unionism; solidarity;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 289-308
Journal European Journal of Industrial Relations, 14 (2008) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)