Competitiveness Bargaining in France: A study of multiple union action in the automotive industry

Ruth Reaney, Niall Cullinane

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Competitiveness agreements in France became a much discussed feature of company-level responses to the 2008 crisis and aftermath. Such innovations raise several issues in a context of multi-unionism, in terms of how different workplace unions of varying organisational cultures respond, but also the consequences for inter-union relations. It is observed that such dynamics are complicated by the representative reforms of 2008 which link local bargaining power to performance in workplace elections. Based on case study analysis of the crisis-ridden automotive industry, this article therefore examines how union responses to competitiveness bargaining is proceeding in light of the revised representative rules.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic and Industrial democracy
Early online date03 Oct 2019
Publication statusEarly online date - 03 Oct 2019


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