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The European System Of Industrial Relations And The Dynamics Of Transnational Company Agreements 


European Works Councils (EWCs) and transnational company agreements are a cornerstone of the social dimension of the European Union. They constitute the most dynamic element of the European system of industrial relations which has emerged in the last decades in spite of the considerable differences between the industrial relations systems of the member states. The construction of this system started in 1984 when the European legislators vested the European Commission with the task of encouraging the development of a ‘social dialogue’ so as to promote contractual relations in the longer term. After a period of quasi tripartite European social dialogue that produced rather modest results, the European governments followed the agreement of 31 October 1991 signed by the ETUC, UNICE...