Tuesday, April 17, 2012


IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)


Workplace employee representation in Europe [17 April 2012]
[full-text, 86 pages]


Bryson, Alex; Forth, John; George, Anitha


Around one third (34%) of workplaces with 10 or more employees have a trade union or works council body in place. Considerable variation exists between countries: the rate is above 55% in Denmark, Sweden and Finland but below 20% in countries such as Turkey, Greece and Portugal. Substantial variations also exist depending on industry sector and workplace size. Many of these characteristics are related to the presence or absence of a trade union or works council. Workplace representation is more prevalent in countries where national or sectoral bargaining dominates. It is also higher in countries with more extensive levels of legislative support for workplace representation.



Executive summary


1. Definition and forms of social dialogue

2. The origins and forms of social dialogue

3. Hypotheses to be tested with the European Company Survey

4. Analytical approach

5. The extent and nature of social dialogue

6. Behavioural outcomes associated with social dialogue

Summary and conclusions





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