Drawing on data from a Europe wide project, together with existing data on equality and diversity initiatives, this book explores the work of trade unions in supporting equality and anti-discrimination policies across Europe and, in particular, the processes and collaborations involved in incorporating equality and diversity policies into trade union agendas. It considers theoretical issues of equality and diversity, the role of EU legislation, multiple discrimination and exclusion and disadvantage in the labour market in relation to the role of trade unions, and addresses central questions about the actions and challenges faced by trade unions in promoting equality in the workplace and in implementing anti-discrimination policies at local, national and European levels. With research spanning 34 European countries and extending to over 250 interviews and 15 case studies, Workplace Equality in Europe examines the impact of a period of economic crisis on workplace diversity, exploring forms of inter-union cooperation at European and international levels and shedding fresh light on the processes that lead some trade unions to adopt equality policies while others remain reluctant to develop or expand policies in this area. A detailed European study of trade union activity and workplace diversity, this book will be of interest to scholars of the sociology of work and organisations, labour relations and workplace diversity.
’This valuable book shows how trade unions across the EU helped to formulate EU anti-discrimination legislation and draws out the ways in which trade unions use this legislation as a vital underpinning for their work combating discrimination. It does not shy away from looking at how unions themselves behave and what they are doing to make themselves more diverse. It’s a must-read!’ Sarah Veale, Trades Union Congress, UK ’This valuable book highlights the continuing importance of trade unions as agents of equality� in combating structural disadvantage and discrimination faced by workers across Europe. Through an impressive base of evidence of initiatives undertaken by unions across the EU, it includes examples of cross-country co-operation and engagement with NGOs, and is essential reading for everyone interested in the future role of unions in promoting equality.’ Tessa Wright, Queen Mary University of London, UK