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01 March 1998

LRD guide to Worker Representation in Europe
The Labour Research Department (LRD) is today publishing a trade unionists' guide to worker representation in Europe.

The growing economic ties between the countries of the European Union (EU) and their increasing economic and financial integration mean it is important for trade unionists across Europe to make links and learn from one another's experience. For this to happen successfully, trade unionists need to understand the context in which their counterparts elsewhere in Europe are operating. And although much is common, the trade union structure, the extent of trade union membership, the way that collective bargaining is conducted and the legal framework for representing employees all differ from country to country.

Worker Representation in Europe takes each of the 15 EU states and sets out in detail information on the structure of the trade union confederations, collective bargaining arrangements and the mechanisms for representing employees at the workplace.

It also describes how the members of two bodies involved with European works councils are chosen. These are the Special Negotiating Body, which negotiates the make-up and powers of the EWC, and the fall-back EWC, which is imposed by law if these negotiations fail.

Notes to editors

Worker Representation in Europe is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?6.50 or ?10 for non-labour movement bodies.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?24.50 (?62.85 for non-labour movement bodies). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets a year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 83 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For further information contact Lionel Fulton on 0171 902 9810.

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