Employment Relations

On nurses, strikes, and public sociology

On 24th May 2016 nurses who work at the Child Health Centre, the major paediatric centre for serious illnesses in Poland, started a strike action.

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How good is a good job?

What is a measure of a good job is not a common understanding – the EU follows quality of work through at least 3 different indexes[1], employer and employee organizations each have their own[2], ILO follows Decent Work Indicators and OECD has only recently launched its Job Quality Framework.

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Cleaning up the mess

What does alleged cheating at both the world’s largest car-maker and the largest electronics manufacturer tell us about state regulation and the role of labour?

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The sharing economy: hypercapitalism or sustainable alternative?

The sharing economy: exaggerated optimism? In June Juliet Schor, American professor of sociology at the University of Boston, was a guest at the Univ...

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The trap of “social partnership” discourse– Some keys for reflection from Claus Offe

The expression “social partners” is often used lightly in the literature on employment relations, not only in institutional texts, but more surprisingly in academic research and trade union discourse. However, "employer organizations" and "trade unions" do not have equal structural positions and opportunities in our capitalist society, and this should be recalled. I would like to share some reflections from an article by Claus Offe, that I found enlightening for understanding this unbalance. 

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The changing nature of Employment Relations in Europe

The second ChangingEmployment Workshop on employment relations in multinationals in Europe has taken place at KU Leuven from 7 to 9 April.

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