`Everyone concerned over the construction of a truly social Europe will learn much from this thoughtful and probing study." - Professor Colin Crouch, Istituto Universitario Europeo In this comprehensive overview of trade unionism in Europe and beyond, Richard Hyman offers a fresh perspective on trade union identity, ideology and strategy. He shows how the varied forms and impact of different national movements reflect historical choices on whether to emphasize a role as market bargainers, mobilizers of class opposition or partners in social integration. The book demonstrates how these inherited traditions can serve as both resources and constraints in responding to the challenges which confront trade unions in
Chapter 4: Trade Unions in Civil Society: Pursuing Social Dialogue
Trade Unions in Civil Society: Pursuing Social Dialogue
As was noted in the introduction to this book, in much of Europe trade unions and employers' organizations are routinely described as the ‘social partners’. To the native English speaker, until very recently at least, the phrase appeared bizarre. A decade ago, when a colleague and I compiled a text on European industrial relations (Ferner and Hyman, 1992), we carefully edited our contributors' chapters so that the term was replaced by the more mundane ‘employers and unions’. For many British militants, the phrase was enough to confirm their prejudices that their continental counterparts were not ‘real’ trade unionists but were bent on class collaboration. Similar perplexity is caused by the ...