European collective action in times of crisis

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Title: European collective action in times of crisis
Authors: Stan, Sabina
Helle, Idar
Erne, Roland
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Date: May-2015
Abstract: This introductory article to the special issue proposes a more encompassing view of transnational collective action in Europe, which goes beyond the classical, country-by-country oriented, comparative industrial relations approach. Instead, we propose an extension of focus to capture also other actors, action repertoires, places and levels. Specifically, we introduce and integrate the contributions to this issue, by extending our analytical perspectives from traditional forms of employment to precarious and posted workers; from national and European trade union structures to informal groups of workers and social movements; from unions’ traditional strongholds in manufacturing multinationals to workers in the meat industry, health care or occupied factories; from national unions seen as coherent units to a perspective that emphasizes their internal contradictions; from the analysis of discrete actions to historically more encompassing perspectives; and from utilitarian views on collective action to a larger perspective that assesses the analysis of the importance of collective struggles for the making and unmaking of a new European working class.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage Publications
Journal: Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
Copyright (published version): 2015 the authors
Keywords: Trade unionsEuropean working classTransnationalismEuro crisisMethodological nationalismCollective action
DOI: 10.1177/1024258915573177
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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