With very low levels of union membership but a high proportion of employees covered by collective agreements, France is an exception among industrialized countries. Despite the significant prerogatives of social partners, the low quality of social relations and lack of trust between actors often lead to state intervention. These factors are also an obstacle to reforms that would benefit those in long-term unemployment.
Is there a cause and effect relationship between social dialogue and economic performance? What impact does union action have on the productivity and profitability of businesses? Do collective bargaining and social dialogue have an impact on employees, jobs, and unemployment? This book seeks to respond to all these questions based on studies conducted in Europe and around the world.
In light of these studies, the authors put forward potential avenues for the evolution of the French social system. They suggest that it is essential to reinforce and modernize social dialogue in order to durably inverse the unemployment trend in France.