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 14 Issue 3, Autumn 2008

Our preparation of this issue for publication has been overshadowed by the news of the death on 17 August of Brian Bercusson, labour law academic and defender of trade union and workers’ rights. Brian Bercusson’s contribution to the world of academia and the international trade union movement was immense and to mark our gratitude we publish a short appreciation of his life and work at the beginning of this issue.

This non-thematic issue of Transfer meets our aims of opening up the journal to authors not yet published in Transfer and of increasing the number and the quality of our book reviews. The appointment of a Book Reviews Editor, Torsten Müller, has reinvigorated this section of the journal which in this issue publishes 8 book reviews.

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