Transnational Solidarity? The European Working Class in the Eurozone Crisis

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Title: Transnational Solidarity? The European Working Class in the Eurozone Crisis
Authors: Bieler, Andreas
Erne, Roland
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Date: Oct-2014
Abstract: European labour movements are under severe pressure as a result of the global financial and eurozone crises, which have been used by capital to attack unions and workers' rights. In this essay, we will assess the response of European labour movements to this attack and discuss to what extent relations of transnational solidarity have been established in this process. Germany has been at the core of discussions about the eurozone crisis. While peripheral European Union (EU) member states have run into severe problems, the German economy appears as the clear winner, the example to follow due to its booming exports. As it is the largest national economy within the EU, what happens in Germany has also wider implications for the rest of the EU. Hence, we will specifically focus on the response by the German labour movement to the crisis. What has been more important for German unions solidarity with workers elsewhere or solidarity with one's own employer? The analysis of German unions will be complemented by brief discussions of struggles in Europe's southern periphery. In the conclusion we will reflect on the response by labour movements at the European level to establish whether unions have been able to go beyond their traditional national environment in the search for new strategies against the attack of capital.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Merlin Press
Journal: Socialist Register
Volume: 51
Issue: 1
Keywords: EurocrisisEuropean economic governanceDGBIG MetallVerdiEPSUETUCTrade unionsSix packRight2waterTransnational collective action
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed 2015-04-01T03:00:17Z
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