Employee Participation and Collective Bargaining in the Era of Globalization – Nordic and Chinese Perspectives

Research summary

The “Employee Participation and Collective Bargaining in the Era of Globalization – Nordic and Chinese Perspectives” research project examines workplace governance through collective bargaining and employee participation from a comparative perspective. The project explores the legal framework and experience in collective bargaining and employee participation in Finland and the other Nordic countries and China and asses the roles of these mechanisms in adaptation to changes caused by globalization. The project is a joint effort between the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Institute of Law and the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law.

Description

Well-established collective bargaining and employee participation are characteristics of the Nordic labour market model. Finland and other Nordic countries have high union density and established industrial relations institutions. In China labour law and industrial relations regimes are undergoing profound changes, including the rapid spread of collective bargaining. However, growth of labour conflicts within and outside the formal labour relations system in China indicates that the institutionalization of industrial relations may not be producing the desired effects. The Finnish and Nordic collective bargaining and employee participation system could provide useful references for China’s future legal development in this field.

The research project acknowledges the wide-ranging effects that globalization of the world economy has on labour markets both in the Nordic countries and China, and explores how the national legal frameworks for collective bargaining and employee participation correspond to these changes. For example, business restructuring, outsourcing and moving production from one region or country to another pose challenges to labour law both in Nordic countries and China. The project offers a platform for comparative discussion and exchange of views and ideas between researchers on how to best develop national models of collective bargaining and employee participation to avoid conflicts related to these changes. Employee participation will also be examined in the context of corporate governance.

In addition to its substantive conclusions, the project will contribute to developing methods of comparative labour law research to enable a deeper understanding of development of different labour law systems and their institutional components. The project recognizes that global legal comparison requires a greater recognition of socio-cultural factors related to law. In the field of labour law, understanding of the social models under scrutiny is a precondition for comparison between legal models and their impact on the welfare of the workers.

The research team consists of Chinese and Finnish scholars who offer distinctive yet complementary areas of expertise and experience.

Research info

Research title
Employee Participation and Collective Bargaining in the Era of Globalization – Nordic and Chinese Perspectives

Research timeline
1.1.2013 - 1.12.2016

Region
Asia

Countries
China, Finland

Institution
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Law
Helsinki, Finland

Head of research
Ulla Liukkunen

Research team
Professor Ulla Liukkunen, Professor Teemu Ruskola, Dr Li Haiming, Dr Zhang Yihong, PhD Marja Paavilainen, Professor Chen Su, Professor Xie Zengyi, Dr Deng Li, PhD Wu Xiaodan,

Partners
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Institute of Law

Contact information
Alice Neffe
+358503199620
alice.neffe@helsinki.fi
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Record last updated
27.5.2015