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Trade unions and “Europe”: are the members out of step?

Hyman, Richard (2009) Trade unions and “Europe”: are the members out of step? LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series, 14. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The ‘no’ vote in the Irish referendum of June 2008 on the Lisbon Treaty – reversed in October 2009 – threw the European Union into crisis. Yet it reflected a familiar pattern of popular rejection of initiatives on European integration. This article provides an overview of such referendums in western Europe (unfortunately, the author lacks the linguistic competence to cover most post-2004 member states). It is evident that while mainstream trade unions (or at least their leaders) have usually endorsed the integration process, in most countries where referendums have been held their members have voted otherwise. Such rejection has often been based on ‘progressive’ rather than ‘reactionary’ grounds. Popular attitudes are malleable, but it requires a major strategic re-orientation if unions are to reconnect with their members in order to build a popular movement for a genuinely social Europe.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/LEQS/LEQSH...
Additional Information: © 2009 The author
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Collections > LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 14:26
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2013 13:43
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/39848

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