Great Britain
International comparisons


  Industrial evolutions and company decisions do not consider borders.
Restructuring has become permanent in the various countries of the project. Confronted with the same problems and often at the same time, these countries have drawn up regulations which, as actors and operating modes, are specific to each country and its culture.

However, the similarities are more striking than the differences.
Everywhere, regulation is centred on collective redundancies and the comparison of the rules drawn up in each member country shows a lot of similarity in their way of functioning.
Therefore, it is particularly interesting to observe the differences in the balance of powers and in responsibilities of the players and the importance – or on the contrary – the disregard for negotiation.

Comparing the current rules in a given country is not enough to understand how they are used by the actors, as these rules are treated as a resource or, on the contrary, as a handicap to their interests. To appreciate how restructuring processes are taking place, their advantages and disadvantages, the results achieved, we have sought to describe in the project the outcomes of the regulatory devices related to these restructuring processes in Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden and the UK.
Understanding these outcomes, especially in our case within the context of cross fertilisation, is impossible unless we can understand and analyse the various adjustment regimes of the needs in employment and the organisation of the mobility on the labour markets of the various countries. Starting from explicit and implicit objectives of the policies implemented, such an analysis enables us to compare the ways of functioning, the rooms for manoeuvre and the potential for innovation.
  Case studies:
  Collective Dismissals in Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK. Some legal, institutional and policy perspectives
  Comparing and evaluating national restructuring processes. Some observations and proposals