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Schmidt, W., Mueller, A., Ramos-Vielba, I., Thoernquist, A. & Thörnqvist, C. (2019). Austerity and public sector trade union power: Before and after the crisis. European journal of industrial relations, 25(2), 129-145
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2019 (English)In: European journal of industrial relations, ISSN 0959-6801, E-ISSN 1461-7129, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 129-145Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We use a power resources approach to examine the effects of the 2008-2009 financial and economic crisis on public sector trade union power in Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK, comparing structural, organizational, institutional, societal and political power resources before and after the crisis. Unions' power resources have (at least temporarily) weakened in Spain, with a similar but less pronounced trend in the UK; whereas in Sweden and Germany, one can detect ambiguous but slightly positive signals, which reflect neither the crisis nor opposition to austerity. As well as structural, organizational and institutional power resources, societal and political resources are decisive for public sector trade unions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ENGLAND: Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Austerity, Germany, power resources, public sector industrial relations, Spain, Sweden, trade unions, UK
National Category
Work Sciences
Research subject
Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-17053 (URN)10.1177/0959680118771120 (DOI)000469370400004 ()2-s2.0-85046696747 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-06-13 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-09-04Bibliographically approved
Thörnquist, A. & Thörnqvist, C. (2018). Do public sector industrial relations challenge the Swedish model?. Labor history, 59(1), 87-104
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Do public sector industrial relations challenge the Swedish model?
2018 (English)In: Labor history, ISSN 0023-656X, E-ISSN 1469-9702, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 87-104Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses recent developments in public sector labour relations in Sweden from a historical, gender and power relations perspective. The main question is whether these trends challenge the established Swedish industrial relations system. Our point of departure - yet chronologically also the point of arrival - is the Swedish Municipal Workers' Union, Kommunal's, exit from the coordinated wage setting model within the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (Landsorganisationen, LO) in 2015/2016. The immediate reason was that Kommunal, representing one-third of the LO members, including many low-paid women, turned down the LO's proposal on a general wage increase for low-wage groups. Instead, Kommunal urged to upgrade wages for a specific member group, the auxiliary nurses. This broke an almost uninterrupted 20-year-long period of labour market cooperation and coordination that was introduced in 1997 through the so-called Industry Agreement (Industriavtalet). This agreement was launched in the wake of the deep financial crisis in the early 1990s, and the neoliberal move towards a complete decentralization of pay negotiations. How should this move by Kommunal be interpreted? Why, and when, has the centralized system become a straitjacket for Kommunal, when for decades it seemingly was a precondition for both private and public union strength?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Public sector industrial relations, collective bargaining, The Swedish model, male vs, female occupations discrepancies
National Category
Work Sciences
Research subject
Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14566 (URN)10.1080/0023656X.2017.1375597 (DOI)000415719800007 ()2-s2.0-85032589280 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-12-07 Created: 2017-12-07 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved
Schmidt, W., Müller, A., Ramos-Vielba, I., Thörnquist, A. & Thörnqvist, C. (2018). Finanzmarktkrise und Arbeitsbeziehungen im öffentlichen Sektor: Deutschland, Grossbritannien, Schweden und Spanien (1ed.). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Finanzmarktkrise und Arbeitsbeziehungen im öffentlichen Sektor: Deutschland, Grossbritannien, Schweden und Spanien
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2018 (German)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2018. p. 240 Edition: 1
Series
Modernisierung des öffentlichen Sektors ; 48
National Category
Work Sciences
Research subject
Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16728 (URN)10.5771/9783845293424-1 (DOI)978-3-8487-5143-3 (ISBN)978-3-8452-9342-4 (ISBN)
Projects
Internationellt projekt, koordinerat från Tübingen Universität, Tyskland
Note

Finansierat av Hans Böckler-Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Tyskland

Available from: 2019-03-27 Created: 2019-03-27 Last updated: 2019-04-23Bibliographically approved
Thörnqvist, C. (2018). Inte självklart att lagstiftning leder till färre strejker. Dagens Arena, Article ID 2018-07-04.
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2018 (Swedish)In: Dagens Arena, article id 2018-07-04Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Diskussionen om hamnkonflikten i Göteborg har hittills saknat ett historiskt perspektiv. I denna essä visar forskaren Christer Thörnqvist att lagstiftning tidigare varit ineffektiv mot arbetsmarknadskonflikter, men däremot har uppenbara risker.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2018
Keywords
arbetsrätt, konflikträtt, hamnkonflikten
National Category
Law and Society
Research subject
Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-15999 (URN)
Available from: 2018-07-19 Created: 2018-07-19 Last updated: 2018-07-31Bibliographically approved
Gill-McLure, W. & Thörnqvist, C. (2018). Reconstructing resistance and renewal in public service unionism in the twenty-first century: lessons from a century of war and peace. Labor history, 59(1), 3-14
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reconstructing resistance and renewal in public service unionism in the twenty-first century: lessons from a century of war and peace
2018 (English)In: Labor history, ISSN 0023-656X, E-ISSN 1469-9702, Vol. 59, no 1, p. 3-14Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This special issue uses the occasion of the centenary of the Whitley Commission Reports to illuminate the contemporary crisis in public service industrial relations from a historical perspective. In all six countries studiedBritain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the USApublic service employment is labour intensive and quantitatively significant in the overall economy. Public services have also been major targets of neoliberal reforms, starting in the UK and the USA at the turn of the 1980s and in the other countries about a decade later. In addition, the relatively high union density and the political dimension of public services and public union strategies have been major targets of new public management and more latterly austerity. However, the regressive period has had a differential impact in different countries. In the liberal market economies of the UK and the USA, the neoliberal turn has destabilised traditional patterns of public sector industrial relations to greatest effect. While in the more coordinated market economies, traditional arrangements and values have been more resistant to austerity and neoliberal reforms. We attempt to shed light on these differential impacts through a critical analysis of the historical evolution of public sector industrial relations in each country.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
Public sector industrial relations, Whitleyism, public service union specificity, bargaining models and strategies, industrial democracy, new public management, austerity, double movement
National Category
Work Sciences
Research subject
Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14565 (URN)10.1080/0023656X.2017.1375572 (DOI)000415719800002 ()2-s2.0-85032575038 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2017-12-07 Created: 2017-12-07 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved
Thörnqvist, C. (2018). Utredning med varningsflagg. Arbetet
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2018 (Swedish)In: ArbetetArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Företrädare för fack och arbetsgivare säger att risken för gula fack är minimal. Men lagar stiftas för framtiden och hur kommande generationer av arbetsgivare agerar finns det inga garantier för. Att ändra i strejkrätten för med sig stora risker, skriver Christer Thörnqvist, docent i arbetsvetenskap.

National Category
Law and Society
Research subject
Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-15998 (URN)
Available from: 2018-07-19 Created: 2018-07-19 Last updated: 2018-07-31Bibliographically approved
Thörnqvist, C. (2017). The Nordic Labour Market Model (In japanese) (1ed.). In: Klaus Petersen, Stein Kuhnle, Pauli Kettunen, Yoko Otsuka, Akio Kamiko (Ed.), 北欧福祉国家モデルは持続可能か? The Nordic Welfare Model - Still Sustainable?: Five Exceptions and Policy Cooperation (pp. 296-326). Kyoto: Minerva Shobou
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Nordic Labour Market Model (In japanese)
2017 (Japanese)In: 北欧福祉国家モデルは持続可能か? The Nordic Welfare Model - Still Sustainable?: Five Exceptions and Policy Cooperation / [ed] Klaus Petersen, Stein Kuhnle, Pauli Kettunen, Yoko Otsuka, Akio Kamiko, Kyoto: Minerva Shobou, 2017, 1, p. 296-326Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kyoto: Minerva Shobou, 2017 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Sciences Work Sciences
Research subject
Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14801 (URN)9784623075355 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-08 Created: 2018-03-08 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved
Thörnqvist, C., Andersson Bäck, M. & Hamark, J. (2016). Suède: brève histoire du syndicalisme et défis actuels. In: Dominique Andolfatto & Sylvie Contrepois (Ed.), Syndicats et dialogue social: Les modèles occidentaux à l'épreuve (pp. 263-283). Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing Group
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Suède: brève histoire du syndicalisme et défis actuels
2016 (French)In: Syndicats et dialogue social: Les modèles occidentaux à l'épreuve / [ed] Dominique Andolfatto & Sylvie Contrepois, Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2016, p. 263-283Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2016
National Category
Social Sciences Work Sciences History
Research subject
Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14248 (URN)978-2-87574-342-8 (ISBN)978-3-0352-6617-7 (ISBN)978-3-0352-9715-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-10-24 Created: 2017-10-24 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Thörnqvist, C., Bergholm, T. & Mellberg, M. (2016). The May Day Tradition in Finland and Sweden (1ed.). In: Abby Peterson and Herbert Reiter (Ed.), The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe: Past, Present and Future (pp. 75-105). Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The May Day Tradition in Finland and Sweden
2016 (English)In: The Ritual of May Day in Western Europe: Past, Present and Future / [ed] Abby Peterson and Herbert Reiter, Routledge, 2016, 1, p. 75-105Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2016 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Sciences History
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences; Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12680 (URN)9781472415271 (ISBN)9781315553344 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-07-06 Created: 2016-07-06 Last updated: 2019-11-08Bibliographically approved
Thörnqvist, C. & Bernhardsson, S. (2015). Their own stories - how Polish construction workers posted to Sweden experience their job situation, or resistance versus life projects. Transfer - European Review of Labour and Research, 21(1), 23-36
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Their own stories - how Polish construction workers posted to Sweden experience their job situation, or resistance versus life projects
2015 (English)In: Transfer - European Review of Labour and Research, ISSN 1024-2589, E-ISSN 1996-7284, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 23-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study draws primarily on in-depth interviews with nine male Polish construction workers posted to Sweden in the early 2010s. The emphasis lies on their own experiences of being exposed to what they saw as unjust working conditions, and why they accept them or react against them. The overarching research questions are why Polish workers go to Sweden, and, more importantly, why they stay even when they feel unfairly treated or directly cheated by their employers. The main points of interest are wages, work environment, employment contracts and relations with different labour market players, including the EU. It was very clear that none of the Polish workers had ever heard of the EU Posted Workers Directive. Still, the lack of serious resistance, our study argues, was not because of poor knowledge about their legal rights, but was linked to a wish to fulfil a ‘life project’ back home in Poland, such as building a house, starting a company, being able to afford to start a family and raise children, or saving for retirement. This wish helped the workers to swallow ‘unfair’ treatment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences; Followership and Organizational Resilience
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10477 (URN)10.1177/1024258914561409 (DOI)000438170000003 ()2-s2.0-84921328076 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2019-11-08Bibliographically approved
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