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Political Entrepreneurs and Co-Managers: Labour Transnationalism at Four Multinational Auto Companies

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  • Ian Greer
  • Marco Hauptmeier
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    This article examines labour transnationalism within four multinational automakers. In our sample, we find different forms of labour transnationalism, including transnational collective bargaining, mobilization, information exchange and social codes of conduct. We explain the differences through the interaction between management and labour in the context of the company structure; of particular importance are transnational coercive comparisons by management and the orientations of worker representatives as political entrepreneurs or co-managers. We conclude that, although intensified worker-side cross-border co-operation has not prevented wage-based competition in general (due to the lack of between-firm co-ordination), it has reshaped employment relations within these multinational corporations. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2008.

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    Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 1 (03)
    Pages: 76-97

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    1. Stevis, Dimitris, 2009. "International framework agreements and global social dialogue : lessons from the Daimler case," ILO Working Papers 445694, International Labour Organization.

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