Poland

Splendid isolation?

in European labour movements in crisis
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Poland is a non-member of the Eurozone and its labour movement is one which is weak and politically divided. In the Polish case, a particular issue was the extent to which unions were able to use a central and eastern European (CEE) tripartite institution to respond to pressures associated with Europeanization. Challenges encountered by unions, which resulted from political division and constraints on their ability to plan, suggest that a coherent response is also difficult in these circumstances. The onset of crisis raised the question of the extent to which a labour movement in a non-Eurozone country was likely to exhibit solidarity with periphery countries. Despite the difficulties of their domestic position, the reaction of Polish labour was not insignificant. The left-wing SLD was rather uninterested, yet trade unions engaged in a series of actions in support of Southern Europe; this was remarkable given organizational weaknesses.

European labour movements in crisis

From indecision to indifference

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