This collection of four volumes charts the development of collective bargaining since the year 2000 in the 28 EU Member States.

These four volumes document how the institutions of collective bargaining have been removed, fundamentally altered or markedly narrowed in scope in all 28 EU Member States. However, there are also positive examples to be found. Some collective bargaining systems have proven more resilient than others in maintaining multi-employer bargaining arrangements. Based on the evidence presented in the country-focused chapters, the key policy issue addressed in this book is how the reduction of the importance of collective bargaining as a tool to jointly regulate the employment relationship can be reversed. The struggle to fend off the neoliberal assault on collective bargaining in Europe is moving towards an endgame. The outcome is still open.

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Volume III - Full text

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Chapter 1 - Setting the scene: collective bargaining under neoliberalism - Jeremy Waddington, Torsten Müller and Kurt Vandaele

Chapter 2 - Austria - Vera Glassner and Julia Hofmann

Chapter 3 - Belgium - Kurt Vandaele

Chapter 4 - Bulgaria - Vassil Kirov

Chapter 5 - Croatia - Dragan Bagi?

Chapter 6 - Cyprus - Gregoris Ioannou and Sertac Sonan

Chapter 7 - Czechia - Martin Myant

Chapter 8 - Denmark - Jens Lind

Chapter 9 - Estonia - Epp Kallaste

Chapter 10 - Finland - Paul Jonker-Hoffrén

Chapter 11 - France - Catherine Vincent

Chapter 12 - Germany - Torsten Müller and Thorsten Schulten

Chapter 13 - Greece - Ioannis Katsaroumpas and Aristea Koukiadaki

Chapter 14 - Hungary - Szilvia Borbély and László Neumann

Chapter 15 - Ireland - Vincenzo Maccarrone, Roland Erne and Aidan Regan

Chapter 16 - Italy - Roberto Pedersini

Chapter 17 - Latvia - A? a Lulle and Elza Ungure

Chapter 18 - Lithuania - Inga Blažien?, Ner? us Kasiliauskas and Ramun? Guobait?-Kirslien?

Chapter 19 - Luxembourg - Adrien Thomas, Vassil Kirov and Patrick Thill

Chapter 20 - Malta - Manwel Debono and Godfrey Baldacchino

Chapter 21 - The Netherlands - Wike Been and Maarten Keune

Chapter 22 - Poland - Jan Czarzasty

Chapter 23 - Portugal - Maria da Paz Campos Lima

Chapter 24 - Romania - Aurora Trif and Valentina Paolucci

Chapter 25 - Slovakia - Marta Kahancová, Monika Martišková and Mária Sedláková

Chapter 26 - Slovenia - Miroslav Stanojevi? and Andreja Poje

Chapter 27 - Spain - Carlos J. Fernández Rodríguez, Rafael Ibáñez Rojo and Miguel Martínez Lucio

Chapter 28 - Sweden - Anders Kjellberg

Chapter 29 - United Kingdom - Jeremy Waddington

Chapter 30 - Conclusion - Torsten Müller, Kurt Vandaele and Jeremy Waddington

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