Dealing with austerity and migration in the northern European cleaning sector: Social partner strategies to strengthen wage floors

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Industrial cleaning shares some common features across countries. Institutions for collective wage regulation are fragile, the market is highly price-sensitive and skewed competition has exerted pressure on wages and conditions. Increased cross-border mobility of labour and enterprises after EU enlargement brought new sources of competitive pressure, which was amplified by the subsequent economic crisis. We study changes in collective regulation in industrial cleaning in Denmark, Germany, Norway and the UK since the turn of the century, and find that the social partners have responded differently to the challenges. We discuss these responses in the light of national differences in industrial relations regimes and the regulatory tools available for the organized actors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume24
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)373-389
ISSN0959-6801
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - Denmark, Germany, industrial cleaning, industrial relations, Northern Europe, Norway, soft and hard regulations, UK, wage floor

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