A report of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living an Working Conditions explores the impact of the crisis on industrial relations in the 27 EU Member States plus Norway. Looking first at industrial relations actors, it finds evidence of restructuring of the social partners and trade union mergers, and in some cases more visibility of the social partners, particularly trade unions.

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Goed sociaal overleg is ook economisch rendabel.

(Guy Cox, directeur generaal an de FOD WASO op het VBO seminarie van 19 februari 2013).

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In the current rapidly changing economic environment, there has been an increasing tendency since the 1990s for US employers, trade unions and workers to come together to create non-traditional structures aimed at meeting their various interests at work. More progressive companies and unions have used the collective bargaining process as a means to tackle the competitive pressures resulting from globalisation. Some have created partnerships based on new methods of communication and conflict resolution, joint decision-making in many areas, new work processes involving greater creative freedom for workers, and continuous training.

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Manu MUS stelt in een paper stelt het Belgisch sociaal overlegmodel als homogeen proces in vraag.Zijn samenvatting luidt als volgt:

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Wie klaagt er niet over de complexiteit van ons arbeidsrecht en van het sociaal overleg? De vraag is hoe dit kan stoppen zonder noodzakelijk het sociaal overleg op zich te verlammen.

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