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Quality of Work and Employee Involvement in Europe

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ISBN13: 9789041118851
ISBN: 9041118853
Published: August 2002
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Hardback
Price: £111.00

The 18 essays in this volume concentrate on the issues surrounding workers' participation, the area of industrial relations uppermost in Marco Biagi's thinking at the time of his assassination in March 2002. The trend toward ever greater employee involvement in managerial decision-making has been growing in Europe for over a decade, to a significant extent as a result of Biagi's work. From the start, he clearly discerned that the key to quality of work was worker participation. This book stands not merely as a homage, but as evidence that Biagi's assassination will not affect the progress he was making.;In what amounts to an integrated series of recommendations for further European legislation on workers' participation in industrial relations, the authors analyse and evaluate the following: experience gained from implementation of the European Works Council Directive and the European Company Statute Directive; implications of the new Directive on Information/Consultation in National Undertakings and of the European Forum on the Financial Participation of Workers; and experience in a variety of national contexts, including those of Japan, Italy, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Poland and Slovenia.;In the final analysis, employee involvement - when it is a genuine commitment on the part of all stakeholders - is seen as a sharing of cultural values that successfully reconciles efficiency and social justice. Those who believe this is a goal worth achieving, for reasons both economic and social, will recognize in this book a valuable contribution.

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Foreword. Notes on Contributors. List of Abbreviations. Introduction. Quality of Work, Industrial Relations and Employee Involvement: Thinking the Unthinkable? M. Biagi. Part I. The European Works Council Directive: A Success Story. European Works Councils: A Success Story? R. Blanpain. European Works Councils Directive: A Success Story? S. Demetriades. Part II. The European Company Statute Directive and Workers' Participation: A 30 Year Discussion Ended Happily. Workers' Involvement in the European Company; M. Weiss. Part III. The New Directive on Information/Consultation in National Undertakings and the Transposition Process: Where There Is Smoke, There Is Fire. Information and Consultation for Employees -- Still Seeking the Philosopher's Stone? A.C. Neal. Employee Involvement in Japan: Can the Japanese-Style Information/Consultation System Survive? Y. Suwa. Part IV. Financial Participation and New Industrial Relations: Who Pays the Piper, Calls the Tune? Policy and Practice in European Financial Participation; A. Pendleton. Financial Participation, Quality of Work and the New Industrial Relations: The Italian Case in a Comparative Perspective; M. Tiraboschi. Financial Participation: France; J. Rojot. Financial Participation of Employees: Italy; M. Biagi, M. Tiraboschi. The Financial Participation of Workers and the Role of the Social Partners: The Belgian Case; R. Blanpain. Financial Participation of Workers and the Role of Social Partners: United Kingdom Experience; A.C. Neal, P. Lorber. Workers' Financial Participation and the Role of Social Partners in Germany; D. Senne. Part V. Employee Participation: The Way Ahead. Employee Participation: The Way Ahead; G. Baglioni. Legal Aspects of Russian Workers' Participation in an Employers' Business; S.P. Mavrin. Part VI. Employee Involvement and EU Enlargement: A Love-Hate Relationship? Employee Involvement and EU Enlargement - Polish Perspective; M. Sewerynski. EU Enlargement and Employee Participation: New Functions of an Inherited Pattern within Slovenian Organizations; M. Stanojevic. Workers' Participation and EU Enlargement: A Theoretical Framework with Practical Application; J. Rojot. List of Documents.