Jean-Yves Boulin

This new number of the ‘open’ issue of Transfer contains five articles alongside a sixth, launching a new section of this fourth annual issue of Transfer, entitled ‘EU Policy Debate’. The five articles cover the developments in the industrial relations systems of several European countries, with common features in terms of their analysis. Two of the articles focus more closely on the question of collective bargaining and its various forms from a comparative viewpoint which, very aptly, comprises, on the one hand, wage bargaining in the countries of northern Europe, and, on the other, the development of the mechanism for extending collective agreements in three countries of the south, including France, which, it may be agreed, encompasses both types of welfare state. Two other articles analyse, in two different countries (Serbia and Portugal), how trade unions manage disputes and try to find resources to advance the interests of employees. It may be inferred from these four articles that, although there are common trends, the modes of action of the parties involved, particularly the trade unions, are influenced by their national history. The last article echoes the article on how Portuguese unions grasped the issue of Ryanair’s precarisation policy, in discussing how the practices leading to precarious employment relationships in Germany, beyond platform-based workers and the world of digital technology with its entourage of (bogus) self-employed workers, also affect workers with the contractual status of employees. The opening article in the section devoted to EU policy debate argues in favour of pooling efforts to tackle unemployment in Europe and to adapt the organisation of working time to the challenges raised by the inevitable transitions that occur during the course of the lives of European citizens, irrespective of their employment status. read more

Co-editors: Philippe Pochet, Vera Šćepanović, Maarten Keune

Northern European collective wage bargaining in the face of major political-economic challenges: common and differing trajectories

Paul Marginson, Jon Erik Dølvik

The extension of collective agreements in France, Portugal and Spain

Miguel Ángel García Calavia, Michael Rigby

Post-socialist labour and the dual logic of collective action: workers’ unrest and trade union strategy in Fiat Automobiles Serbia

Francesco Bagnardi, Valentina Petrović

Trade union responses to precarious employment: the role of power resources in defending precarious flight attendants at Ryanair

Pedro Mendonça

‘Grey zones’ within dependent employment: formal and informal forms of on-call work in Germany

Karen Jaehrling, Thorsten Kalina

Beyond European unemployment insurance. Less moral hazard, more moral assurance?

Günther Schmid

Book Review: Trajectories of Neoliberal Transformation: European Industrial Relations Since the 1970s

Roberto Pedersini

Book Review: Transnationale soziale Dialoge und ihr Beitrag für den europäischen sozialen Fortschritt

Hans-Wolfgang Platzer


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