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Sweden: collective bargaining under the industry norm

Kjellberg, Anders LU (2019) 3. p.583-603
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collective bargaining, trade unions, employers' associations, Europe, Sociology, industrial relations, collective agreements, labour conflicts, strikes, union density, industrial action, wage drift, LO, TCO, Saco, rate of organisation, the industry norm, multi-level bargaining, blue-collar, white collar, industrial agreement, peak agreement, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, figureless agreement, national union, self-regulation, collective bargaining, trade unions, collective agreement, industrial agreement, peak level agreement, industrial relations, industrial action, Europe, EU, Sweden, self-regulation, mediation, National Office of Mediation, LO, TCO, Saco, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, IF Metall, blue-collar union, white-collar union, Industrial Agreement, Industry norm, wage drift, strikes, labour conflicts, rate of organisation, union density, employers' associations, multi-level bargaining, Industriavtalet, Sociology, wage formation, Unionen, depth of bargaining, wage setting, PTK, bargaining round, Sociologi, corona pandemic, prolongation
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Collective bargaining in Europe: towards an endgame
Müller, Torsten ; Vandaele, Kurt and Waddington, Jeremy
21 pages
ETUI (European Trade Union Institute), Bruxelles
Collective Bargaining in Europe
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This collection of four volumes charts the development of collective bargaining since the year 2000 in the 28 EU Member States. These four volumes document how the institutions of collective bargaining have been removed, fundamentally altered or markedly narrowed in scope in all 28 EU Member States. However, there are also positive examples to be found. Some collective bargaining systems have proven more resilient than others in maintaining multi-employer bargaining arrangements. Based on the evidence presented in the country-focused chapters, the key policy issue addressed in this book is how the reduction of the importance of collective bargaining as a tool to jointly regulate the employment relationship can be reversed. The struggle to fend off the neoliberal assault on collective bargaining in Europe is moving towards an endgame. The outcome is still open. The country chapters analyse the six dimensions of collective bargaining identifi ed by Clegg (1976: 8–11): extent of bargaining, level of bargaining, depth of bargaining, security of bargaining, scope of agreements and the degree of control of collective agreements. This framework accentuates the analytical similarities between chapters, while also facilitating the identification of different developments in the various Member States. Note: Clegg H. (1976) Trade unionism under collective bargaining, Oxford, Basil Blackwell.
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  author       = {{Kjellberg, Anders}},
  booktitle    = {{Collective bargaining in Europe: towards an endgame}},
  editor       = {{Müller, Torsten and Vandaele, Kurt and Waddington, Jeremy}},
  isbn         = {{978-2-87452-514-8}},
  keywords     = {{collective bargaining; trade unions; employers' associations; Europe; Sociology; industrial relations; collective agreements; labour conflicts; strikes; union density; industrial action; wage drift; LO; TCO; Saco; rate of organisation; the industry norm; multi-level bargaining; blue-collar; white collar; industrial agreement; peak agreement; Confederation of Swedish Enterprise; figureless agreement; national union; self-regulation; collective bargaining; trade unions; collective agreement; industrial agreement; peak level agreement; industrial relations; industrial action; Europe; EU; Sweden; self-regulation; mediation; National Office of Mediation; LO; TCO; Saco; Confederation of Swedish Enterprise; IF Metall; blue-collar union; white-collar union; Industrial Agreement; Industry norm; wage drift; strikes; labour conflicts; rate of organisation; union density; employers' associations; multi-level bargaining; Industriavtalet; Sociology; wage formation; Unionen; depth of bargaining; wage setting; PTK; bargaining round; Sociologi; corona pandemic; prolongation}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  month        = {{05}},
  pages        = {{583--603}},
  publisher    = {{ETUI (European Trade Union Institute), Bruxelles}},
  title        = {{Sweden: collective bargaining under the industry norm}},
  url          = {{}},
  volume       = {{3}},
  year         = {{2019}},