Around one third (34%) of workplaces with 10 or more employees have a trade union or works council body in place. Considerable variation exists between countries: the rate is above 55% in Denmark, Sweden and Finland but below 20% in countries such as Turkey, Greece and PortuRead more
Around one third (34%) of workplaces with 10 or more employees have a trade union or works council body in place. Considerable variation exists between countries: the rate is above 55% in Denmark, Sweden and Finland but below 20% in countries such as Turkey, Greece and Portugal. Substantial variations also exist depending on industry sector and workplace size. Many of these characteristics are related to the presence or absence of a trade union or works council. Workplace representation is more prevalent in countries where national or sectoral bargaining dominates. It is also higher in countries with more extensive levels of legislative support for workplace representation.
How does social dialogue function in practice, what forms of representation exist and how well do they function? Eurofound’s 2009 European Company Survey (ECS) provides rich data from 30 countries to explore these questions. This report takes ECS and other data sources and looks at factors that influence the path social dialogue takes in a company, in particular regarding works councils and trade unions; company size, company age, the nature of the product or service delivered, employer choices and the composition of the workforce are all relevant factors. The larger framework also has an impact, for example how much national governments intervene in social dialogue and at what level negotiations take place. Read more in the report - see Related content.
Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.
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