Pathways to global employee voice: analysis of three company case studies in the metalworking sector.

Alexeeva, A. 2021. Pathways to global employee voice: analysis of three company case studies in the metalworking sector. BUIRA Conference 2021: The past, present and future of industrial relations and the politics of work. 13 - 15 Jul 2021

TitlePathways to global employee voice: analysis of three company case studies in the metalworking sector.
AuthorsAlexeeva, A.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Labour needs to adopt a global strategy in order to match the reach of global capital. This paper presents one such strategy – creation of global worker bodies in multinational companies, which take the form of Extended European Works Councils, Global Trade Union Networks, World Union Councils and World Works Councils. This paper is based on data collected for a PhD thesis, which adopts qualitative methodology with a focus on three case studies of multinational companies in the metalworking sector. The paper concludes that global worker bodies tend to merely provide communication, rather more robust forms of employee voice. However, the findings also demonstrate that global worker bodies can have important outcomes for the employees at the national level. They improve worker standards, facilitate social dialogue, initiate best practices transfer and create points of leverage when company is breaching the commitments made in the IFA in countries with weaker national representation structures. This is demonstrated with examples from the US, India, Czech Republic and Argentina. Another key finding is that global worker bodies may dilute EWC rights. Therefore, the development of global worker bodies should not replace the EWCs and should run in parallel with the expansion of the EWCs.

KeywordsEmployee voice, Global worker bodies, European Works Councils
Year2021
ConferenceBUIRA Conference 2021: The past, present and future of industrial relations and the politics of work

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Alexeeva, A. 2021. The Analysis of World Works Councils, World Union Councils and Global Trade Union Networks in a Regulatory Space Framework. The 19th ILERA World Congress. Lund University, Sweden 21 - 24 Jun 2021

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