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Die Einbindung von mittel- und osteuropaeischen Standorten in die Arbeit von Europaeischen Betriebsraeten – Interessensausgleich zwischen EBR-Mitgliedern am Beispiel General Motors Europe (Involvement of East-European Members in the Work of European Works Councils – The Balance of Interests between EWC-Members in the Case of General Motors)

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In dem Beitrag wird die Entwicklung einer europaeischen Strategie von Standortvertretern innerhalb eines Europaeischen Betriebsrates dargestellt. Am Beispiel von General Motors werden die Schwierigkeiten des Interessenausgleichs zwischen west- und osteuropaeischen Standorten in Folge von Produktionsverlagerungen aufgezeigt. Probleme in der Zusammenarbeit ergeben sich aus den unterschiedlichen Reaktionen auf Verlagerungsprozessen. Waehrend die westeuropaeischen Standorte ihre Produktion zu halten suchen, erhoffen sich osteuropaeische Standorte einen Ausbau ihrer Produktionsvolumina. Im Fall von General Motors ist der Interessenskonflikt verschaerft da der Ausbau der osteuropaeischen Standorte zu Lasten der westeuropaeischen erfolgt. Dennoch gelang es dem EBR von General Motors eine gesamteuropaeische Strategie zu entwickeln. Es wird argumentiert, dass dies moeglich war, weil unterschiedliche rechtliche und wirtschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen in den internen Verhandlungen beruecksichtigt werden. Ausserdem haben sowohl west- als auch ost-europaeische Mitglieder im EBR die Verlagerungsprozesse als gemeinsame Probleme wahrgenommen. (This article analyses the cooperation and development of common strategies among members of European Works Councils. The case of General Motors highlights the difficulties of reconciling the interests of Eastern and Western European production sites when it comes to the relocation of production. Whereas Western European members try to retain their existing production, Eastern European members seek to increase the production volumes at their sites. In the case of GM, the conflict of interest is severe as the increase of production at one location comes at the expense of other production sites. The EWC has however successfully developed a common European strategy. This contribution argues that the strategy could be successful because different legal and economic conditions of the Eastern and Western sites have been considered. Furthermore all members of the EWCs have seen relocation processes as common problem.)

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  • Veronika Dehnen, 2010. "Die Einbindung von mittel- und osteuropaeischen Standorten in die Arbeit von Europaeischen Betriebsraeten – Interessensausgleich zwischen EBR-Mitgliedern am Beispiel General Motors Europe (Involvement," Industrielle Beziehungen - Zeitschrift fuer Arbeit, Organisation und Management - The German Journal of Industrial Relations, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 17(2), pages 147-169.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:indbez:doi_10.1688/1862-0035_indb_2010_02_dehnen
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    European Works Councils; European framework agreements; automobile industry;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • L62 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Automobiles; Other Transportation Equipment; Related Parts and Equipment
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General

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