Are foreign multinational companies more or less likely than domestically-owned firms to recognise trade unions and engage seriously in collective bargaining? On the face of it, a multinational company is in a stronger position relative to employees as it can play off one group against another. On the other hand, big multinationals often recognise unions in their home countries. The US trade union confederation the AFL-CIO is hoping to improve organisation in branches of European companies in the southern states of the USA. What can be learned in this respect from experience inside Europe?

In this working paper, Martin Myant (associate researcher) looks at the behaviour of foreign companies, mostly western European, in the new EU member states of eastern and east-central Europe. Foreign companies are totally dominant in much of manufacturing industry in these countries and also strong in retail, banking and other service sectors. Manufacturing firms have often come to take advantage of wage rates under half the western European level, exporting products back into western Europe.

Buy printed version
€ 10.00
en

Table of contents

European multinational companies and trade unions in eastern and east-central Europe

Related content

Christoph Dörrenbächer, Mike Geppert, Daniel Pastuh, Matthias Tomenendal

Cross-border standardisation and reorganisation in European multinational companies

Multi-national corporations (MNCs) are constantly undergoing a process of standardisation and reorganisation (S&R), which is fuelled by the... Find out more

Why are wages still lower in eastern and central Europe?

This new working paper explores why there is a persistent wage gap between western Europe and the new EU Member States of eastern and... Find out more

European integration challenges in south-east Europe

SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe SEER, Volume 21 (2018), Issue 2, ISSN: 1435-2869, ISSN online: 1435-2869,https... Find out more

Magdalena Bernaciak, Marta Kahancová

Innovative union practices in Central-Eastern Europe

This book provides a detailed account of the innovative practices pursued by trade unions in Central and Eastern Europe since 2008. The book... Find out more

Why central and eastern Europe needs a pay rise

This working paper looks at wage developments in central and eastern Europe (CEE) over the past twenty years and shows that wages are not... Find out more

Violaine Delteil, Vassil Nikolaev Kirov

Labour and social transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. Europeanization and beyond

Over a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and 10 years after their accession to the European Union (EU), Central and... Find out more

Unit labour costs: no argument for low wages in eastern and central Europe

This working paper discusses the use of unit labour costs (ULC) by the European Commission as a measure of competitiveness of exports... Find out more

Béla Greskovits, Marta Kahancová

Ten years of enlargement and the forces of labour in Central and Eastern Europe

Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research... Find out more

Central and eastern European industrial relations in the crisis: the rise of neoliberalism?

Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research... Find out more

Trade union weakness and the political of unions in south-east Europe

SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe SEER, Volume 15 (2012), Issue 3, ISSN: 1435-2869, ISSN online: 1435-2869, https... Find out more

Varieties of Capitalism in central and eastern Europe

SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe SEER, Volume 13 (2010), Issue 4, ISSN: 1435-2869, ISSN online: 1435-2869, https... Find out more

Christina Klenner, Simone Leiber

Welfare states and gender inequality in Central and Eastern Europe

This book edited by Christina Klenner and Simone Leiber and first published in German, focuses on developments in the welfare states of the... Find out more

Transition Economies: Political Economy in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

Transition Economies provides students with an up-to-date and highly comprehensive analysis of the economic transformation in former... Find out more

Central Eastern Europe five years after: from 'emerging Europe' to 'submerging' Europe?

In this, the fourth ETUI Policy Brief in 2009, the impact of the economic and financial crisis on Central and Eastern Europe is examined... Find out more

Globalization and the State in Central and Eastern Europe

This book examines the transformation of the state in Central and Eastern Europe since the end of communism and adoption of market oriented... Find out more