The Workers United? Preference Formation of European-Level Trade Union Organizations on the Freedom of Services
Empirically, the paper examines the emergence of a common political line on the Posting of Workers Enforcement Directive. Based on 50 interviews with trade union representatives from seven countries as well as the European sectoral federations and the European trade union confederation we examine their lobbying-strategies directed at the European Commission and Members of European Parliament.
Preliminary findings indicate major frictions not between organizations from countries with different wages and social standards but between the sectoral and the inter-professional level. As factors explaining the difficulties of European trade union organizations to find a common positions among themselves, we can identify a strong divergence in the perspective on legislation between the European Trade Union Confederation and the European Sectoral Federations.
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