Transnational Labour Solidarity
Mechanisms of commitment to cooperation within the European Trade Union movement
Published June 1st 2013 by Routledge – 238 pages
The book examines the integration of European trade union movement and explores the prospects for European or transnational solidarity among workers.
Contrary to much existing research and despite national differences, Gajewska examines how trade unions cooperate and the forms in which this cooperation take place. Drawing on four case studies illustrating experiences of Polish, German, British, Latvian and Swedish trade unions in various sectors and workers’ representatives at a multinational company, this book investigates the conditions under which trade unions and workers formulate their interests in non-national / regional terms, and analyzes the character, limits and potentials of solidarity in a transnational context.
Seeking to generate a new theory of European integration of labour and to contribute to sociological approaches on the European integration and Europeanization of society, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, European integration, labour/industrial relations, trade unionism and sociology.
1. Why and How To Study European Solidarity? 2. Analytical Categories in Conceptualizing Solidaristic Behaviour 3. Presentation of Cases 4. The Vertical Dimension of Europeanization of the Trade Union Movement 5. Interaction and Action as Transformational Mechanisms 6. Framing Solidarity: Interests, Identification and Reciprocity 7. Situational Mechanisms: Market Integration and Trade Unions. Conclusion
Katarzyna Gajewska is currently a non-stipendiary postdoctoral Research Fellow at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt(Oder), Germany, having completed her PhD at the University of Bremen. Her articles have been published in Comparative European Politics, European Journal of Industrial Relations, and Industrial Relations Journal, and a co-authored one is forthcoming with Journal of Common Market Studies.