Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
European Company Survey 2009. Overview pages:45-70
This chapter focuses on the social dialogue module in the survey. Social dialogue is in this regard defined as industrial relations processes where recognised employee representatives are involved in decisions concerning the employment relationship at the workplace. Such involvement may be limited to being informed by management, or may extend to consultation, negotiation or joint participation in decision making. Among quantitative, cross-country studies of industrial relations, this kind of company-level employee representation and social dialogue has received little attention. Comparative studies on workplace industrial relations are often limited to a study of the institutional arrangements and not the actual practices. The ECS provides unique comparative information on the nature and quality of workplace social dialogue in Europe, albeit with some methodological limitations.