By Berndt Keller
Since the early 2000s we have seen an unexpected – based on previous experience – increase in the influence of occupational and sectional trade unions, which were long scarcely known even to insiders. These organisations are prominent examples of a “new complexity“ in industrial relations, especially collective bargaining, in some parts of the private services sector – and possibly beyond it.
The established interest representation procedures and actors are changing due to the surprising renaissance of occupational associa-
tions, which one after another are mutating into occupational trade unions,3 after organising successful strikes and asserting their ability to engage in collective bargaining.
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