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Transfer (2016)
  • Heiner Dribbusch
  • Kurt Vandaele
ggregated strike volumes in western Europe, the geographical focus of this special issue, are on average below the peaks reached in the immediate post-war period and again from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. However, the European strike picture masks significant differentiation across sectors and between countries and, therefore, general observations on strike activity are encumbered with many exceptions. Overall, however, many strike actions and union-led protests have been defensive struggles as they have been called by trade unions to protect collectively agreed or statutory social standards. The national or EU imposed austerity policies, which followed the Great Recession of 2008/2009, triggered a new cycle of social protest which led to political mass strikes, …
  • Strikes; Industrial action; anti-austerity protest
Publication Date
Summer August 12, 2016
Citation Information
Heiner Dribbusch and Kurt Vandaele. "Editorial" Transfer Vol. 22 Iss. 3 (2016) p. 273 - 275
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