Contested industrial democracy discourses in transnational companies. The case of the ArcelorMittal European Social Dialogue Group

Contested industrial democracy discourses in transnational companies. The case of the... This article discusses the potential of European transnational company agreements for developing industrial democracy at European company level. It describes the experience of the ArcelorMittal European Social Dialogue Group, established in 2009 through a European transnational company agreement as an innovative channel for trade union involvement in corporate decision-making. The conceptual framework draws on a cross-national comparison of industrial democracy discourses in two European countries, Germany and Spain. A qualitative approach based on semi-structured interviews with trade union representatives and management is used to identify divergent national discourses of employee voice giving rise to common misunderstandings of industrial democracy at European level. The findings illustrate the persisting communication challenges faced by trade unions when engaging in employee representation structures at transnational company level. The article also shows that trade union representatives are able to adapt their national discourses on industrial democracy under the influence of European practice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research SAGE

Contested industrial democracy discourses in transnational companies. The case of the ArcelorMittal European Social Dialogue Group

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SAGE
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© The Author(s) 2018
ISSN
1024-2589
eISSN
1996-7284
D.O.I.
10.1177/1024258918775838
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Abstract

This article discusses the potential of European transnational company agreements for developing industrial democracy at European company level. It describes the experience of the ArcelorMittal European Social Dialogue Group, established in 2009 through a European transnational company agreement as an innovative channel for trade union involvement in corporate decision-making. The conceptual framework draws on a cross-national comparison of industrial democracy discourses in two European countries, Germany and Spain. A qualitative approach based on semi-structured interviews with trade union representatives and management is used to identify divergent national discourses of employee voice giving rise to common misunderstandings of industrial democracy at European level. The findings illustrate the persisting communication challenges faced by trade unions when engaging in employee representation structures at transnational company level. The article also shows that trade union representatives are able to adapt their national discourses on industrial democracy under the influence of European practice.

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Transfer: European Review of Labour and ResearchSAGE

Published: Nov 1, 2018

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