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European co-ordination of collective bargaining: the case of Uni-Europa graphical sector

Gennard, J. and Newsome, K.J. (2001) European co-ordination of collective bargaining: the case of Uni-Europa graphical sector. Employee Relations, 23 (6). pp. 599-613. ISSN 0142-5455

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Abstract

Analyses the UNI-Europa Graphical Sector (UEGS) agreement on European co-ordination of collective bargaining initially made in 1999. Explains the purpose of the agreement, its objectives, its main components, the principles underpinning it and the mechanisms by which it is reviewed. Provides empirical data on the extent to which graphical trade unions (all affiliated to the UEGS throughout Europe, in their 2000 collective bargaining round with graphical employers, were able to make accommodations consistent with the spirit of the co-ordination of collective bargaining agreement. The research is based on official publications of UEGS, the Minutes of its Collective Bargaining Committee, the reports of its annual general meetings and attendance at its Annual Collective Bargaining Conference for Negotiators.