Store International The Legal and Institutional Framing of Collective Bargaining in CEE Countries: Between Europeanisation and Decentralisation
The Legal and Institutional Framing of Collective Bargaining in CEE Countries: Between Europeanisation and Decentralisation by PALINKAS

The Legal and Institutional Framing of Collective Bargaining in CEE Countries: Between Europeanisation and Decentralisation

By Ivana Palinkaš
Format
Softcover
$138.00

Softcover

Available: Ships in 3-5 Business Days
Price
$138.00
Qty.
This product is available for the standing order program.
Buy Now
Overview

The Legal and Institutional Framing of Collective Bargaining in CEE Countries scrutinises the legal and institutional framework for collective bargaining in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), including its development in the past two decades. The formerly communist countries of CEE have witnessed a profound transformation of their labour laws since the 1990s and, especially, after their accession to the European Union. Today, in comparison to the other Member States, they continue to have weak trade unions and employers’ associations and an underdeveloped system of collective bargaining. Moreover, the recent economic and financial crisis highlighted the need to invest further efforts in bringing the CEE industrial relations closer to the ‘old’ Member States in order to facilitate more meaningful enforcement of the EU-wide economic and social policies. This is the first book to discuss this important matter in depth.

What’s in this book:

Focusing on four current CEE labour law regimes – in Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland – that also have different collective bargaining trends and can be said to exemplify some of the main legal and institutional frameworks for collective bargaining that the CEE countries have developed, the author addresses the following major issues:

  • the transition from a to an open market economy and the degree of continuing residual characteristics;
  • the extent to which labour laws since the 1990s have enabled an adequate of industrial relations to allow free and voluntary collective bargaining at the national, sectoral, and company levels; and
  • the effectiveness of the standard-setting role of trade unions and employers’ associations insofar as they have persisted or come into play.

The analysis always keeps in focus the development of labour laws in relation to a number of such interlinked elements as market transformation, type of privatisation of state ownership, and attitudes towards welfare. It draws on both the relevant literature and on twenty-five interviews with legal and policy experts from social partners’ organisations and staff within the ministries for social affairs in the selected countries.

How this will help you:

In support of the study’s general finding that the laws in CEE countries could provide more stimulus for sectoral and cross-sectoral collective bargaining, the author offers deeply informed recommendations and insights into legal shortcomings and pinpoints how the existing legal frameworks can be enhanced. Any professional or academic in the field of industrial relations, and particularly those concerned with complex transitions such as those occurring in the CEE countries and elsewhere in the world, will find this book of great value.

Last Updated 05/10/2018
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041191991
SKU 10059326-0001
Table of Contents

Notes on Author

Preface and Acknowledgements

List of Abbreviations

List of Figure and Tables

CHAPTER 1
Introduction: Framing the Study on the Legal and Institutional Framework of Decentralised Collective Bargaining in CEE

PART I
General Reflections on the Legal and Institutional Framework

CHAPTER 2
Capitalism, Welfare and Industrial Relations in CEE

CHAPTER 3
The Genesis and Positioning of Collective Agreement in CEE Labour Laws

CHAPTER 4
From Accession to the Economic and Financial Crisis: What Role for the EU?

PART II
Levels

CHAPTER 5
National Level: The Role of Tripartism

CHAPTER 6
Evolution of Sectoral Collective Agreement

CHAPTER 7
Company Level: Collective Bargaining and Other Forms of Standard Setting

CHAPTER 8
Conclusions

Bibliography

List of Interviewees

Index

Volumes