9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN17 Industrial Relations, Labour Market Institutions and Employment

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Euroepanization and Internationalization of Industrial Relations: Actors Building AA, Auditório Silva Leal

The impacts of European Works Councils in Portugal

Based on a research on the impact of European Works Councils (EWCs) in Portugal (under the research project ?Information and consultation of workers in multinationals: the impact of European Works Councils in metallurgic, chemical and service and finance sectors?) in order to understand the role of these institutions that are both challenging industrial relations not only in a transnational scale, but also in a national one. Four main topics will be analysed in the paper:
a) the quantitative dimension of the constitution of EWCs in Portugal, especially because in this country the small and medium size companies represent around 90 per cent of the companies activity;
b) the formal contents of the agreements involving Portuguese representatives in order to find out what kind of correspondence between the texts of the agreements and reality really exist;
c) the ?voices? of the Portuguese representatives in EWCs. Here the idea is to testimony what the members of EWCs really think about the real forces and weaknesses of these European institutions;
d) the opinion of the Portuguese employers vis-à-vis the EWCs, once it frequent the opposition of the capital to the EWCs