Consultation, Representation, and Cooperation in Industrial Relations
Works councils—institutionalized bodies for representative communication between an employer and employees in a single workplace—are rare in the Anglo-American world, but are well-established in other industrialized countries. The contributors to this volume survey the history, structure, and functions of works councils in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Canada, and the United States. Special attention is paid to the relations between works councils and unions and collective bargaining, works councils and management, and the role and interest of governments in works councils. On the basis of extensive comparative data from other Western countries, the book demonstrates powerfully that well-designed works councils may be more effective than labor unions at solving management-labor problems.
1: The Study of Works Councils: Concepts and Problems
Joel Rogers, Wolfgang Streeck.
2: An Economic Analysis of Works Councils
Richard B. Freeman, Edward P. Lazear.
3: Germany: From Collective Voice to Co-management
4: The Netherlands: From Paternalism to Representation
5: France: From Conflict to Social Dialogue?
6: Spain: Works Councils or Unions?
7: Sweden: Joint Councils under Strong Unionism
8: Italy: The Costs and Benefits of Informality
9: The European Community: Between Mandatory Consultation and Voluntary
Wolfgang Streeck, Sigurt Vitols.
10: Poland: Councils under Communism and Neoliberalism
Michal Federowicz, Anthony Levitas.
11: Works Councils in Western Europe: From Consultation to Participation
12: Canada: Joint Committees on Occupational Health and Safety
13: United States: Lessons from Abroad and Home