Cleared for Take-off? Management-Labour Partnership in the European Civil Aviation Industry

Peter Turnbull, Paul Blyton, Geraint Harvey, 2004

Name of publisher/editor

European Journal of Industrial Relations

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Summary & key words

As product and labour markets within the European Union are liberalized and deregulated, industrial relations regulation appears to shift from national to sector and company levels. Nonetheless, company-based initiatives such as management-labour partnerships are still more likely to flourish in coordinated rather than liberal market economies. This is demonstrated in this article by a contextualized comparison of three national airlines. While Lufthansa has been able to develop an innovative, long-term competitive strategy, both British Airways and Aer Lingus have been permitted, if not compelled, to pursue short-term, cost-minimizing strategies inimical to their management-labour partnerships.


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economic social