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4 August 2015

Ten years EU enlargement: what impact on the forces of labour in Central and Eastern Europe?

The latest issue of Transfer, the Research Quarterly of the ETUI’s Research Department, aims at shedding some light on what ten years of enlargement have meant for labour in Central and Eastern Europe.

In trying to respond to this issue from various perspectives, the articles evaluate achievements in terms of social cohesion and institutional convergence and assess the effect of the EU on the structural and institutional resources available to trade unions in those countries. Some of the contributions analyse the collective and individual strategies of workers in the new Member States in response to post – enlargement challenges and help to understand the lessons that can be learned for European workers and the role of organised labour movements in general.

The main article by Béla Greskovits which is available for free download argues that while during the first decade after enlargement the hollowing of industrial democracy made it difficult for organized workers to make their voices heard via collective bargaining, other ways of showing discontent have increasingly been used. So has the repertoire of contention been dominated by demonstrations in the public space by public sector employees, who have relied on their citizenship rights shared with fellow citizens and have sought the support of civil society organizations.

The full table of contents of the August issue of the Transfer Quarterly including abstracts in English, French and German is available via the Sage Journals website. You can find an overview of the recent Transfer issues as well as the past issues and the future themes on the special ETUI webpage.

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