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What triggers the establishment of a works council?

Jens Mohrenweiser, Paul Marginson and Uschi Backes-Gellner

Economic and Industrial Democracy, 2012, vol. 33, issue 2, 295-316

Abstract: This article analyses events that trigger the establishment of a works council and the actor or agent who triggers it. The article extends previous research in two dimensions. First, it examines specific events that motivate workers to establish a works council, such as a change of owner, founding a spin-off, a firm acquisition or a radical restructuring. These events express protection against uncertainty as workers’ primary motivation for establishing a works council. Second, the article analyses the actor or agent who triggers the establishment of a works council and shows that management is involved in one-third of all cases and has, in a minority of cases, motivated workers to establish a works council. Managerial involvement in the process of establishment reveals a positive managerial response to worker representation.

Keywords: co-determination; establishment of a works council; workers’ voice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1177/0143831X11408146

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