Cutting to the bone: Workers’ solidarity in the Danish-German slaughterhouse industry

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Abstract

The chapter scrutinised how German and Danish unions are navigating in the increasingly integrated slaughterhouse industry within a large Danish multi-national slaughterhouse company with operations in both Denmark and Germany. In particular, the German slaughterhouse industry is highly affected by increasing fragmentation of production and widespread use of low-paid workers often posted from Eastern Europe, which the Danish MNC utilises to lower their production costs. The Danish slaughterhouse workers’ union remain rather successful in safeguarding the workers’ wage and working conditions and preventing any labour market segmentation, while their German peers face much more precarious work. These differences are mainly explained by the vast differences in the unions’ power position in the two systems, with Danish unions being in a much stronger position in terms of membership, where unionisation remain social custom, with strong collective agreements and local representation compared with the German union.
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The chapter scrutinised how German and Danish unions are navigating in the increasingly integrated slaughterhouse industry within a large Danish multi-national slaughterhouse company with operations in both Denmark and Germany. In particular, the German slaughterhouse industry is highly affected by increasing fragmentation of production and widespread use of low-paid workers often posted from Eastern Europe, which the Danish MNC utilises to lower their production costs. The Danish slaughterhouse workers’ union remain rather successful in safeguarding the workers’ wage and working conditions and preventing any labour market segmentation, while their German peers face much more precarious work. These differences are mainly explained by the vast differences in the unions’ power position in the two systems, with Danish unions being in a much stronger position in terms of membership, where unionisation remain social custom, with strong collective agreements and local representation compared with the German union.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelReconstructing solidarity: Labour unions, precarious work, and the politics of institutional change in Europe
RedaktørerVirginia Doellgast, Nathan Lillie , Valeria Pulignano
Udgivelses stedOxford
ForlagOxford University Press
Publikationsdatojan. 2018
ISBN (Trykt)9780198791843
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2018
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
BegivenhedBook conference: Re-constructuring solidarity: Labour unions, precarious work, and the politics of institutional change in Europe - Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Varighed: 17 jun. 201617 jun. 2016

Workshop

WorkshopBook conference: Re-constructuring solidarity: Labour unions, precarious work, and the politics of institutional change in Europe
LokationCornell University
LandUSA
ByIthaca
Periode17/06/201617/06/2016

    Forskningsområder

  • Globalisation, unions, precarious work, precariousness, Germany, Denmark, Political economy, Industrial Relations
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