Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.

Volume 20 Issue 3, August 2014

This special issue of Transfer concentrates on the impact the austerity policies adopted in a number of EU Member States are having on municipal public sector employment and the ways in which collective bargaining and employee participation are attempting to deal with the consequences for employees. Municipalities are important as the first tier of government, providing essential services to citizens, but have not received much attention in recent literature on the impact of the financial and economic crisis on the public sector.

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