Meat-up Ffire

Fairness, freedom and industrial relations across Europe: up and down the meat value chain

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Meat-up Ffire Fairness, freedom and industrial relations across Europe: up and down the meat value chain
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This volume gathers the results of the research carried out as part of Meat-up Ffire, a project financed by the European Commission with the aim of investigating the contribution of industrial relations structures in an important sector of the EU economy, such as the meat industry. The sector is undergoing significant changes, mainly due to the increasing level of global competition, the effects of automation, the emergence of new consumption patterns, and a renewed commitment to environmental sustainability and animal welfare. Besides, there is a widespread concern for the poor working conditions and wages. This is particularly evident in the pork business, that the project puts under analysis.

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This volume gathers the results of the research carried out as part of Meat-up Ffire, a project financed by the European Commission (G.A. 2018/0014) with the aim of investigating the contribution of industrial relations structures, including social dialogue, in an important sector of the EU economy, such as the meat industry. The sector is undergoing significant changes, mainly due to the increasing level of global competition, the effects of automation, the emergence of new consumption patterns, and a renewed commitment to environmental sustainability and animal welfare. Besides, there is a widespread concern for the poor working conditions and wages, especially throughout the subcontracting chain. This is particularly evident in the pork business, that the project puts under analysis. The first part of the book takes a European approach and is dedicated to the pork value chain in Europe. The second part analyses the chain's structural characteristics and its industrial relations in the project's partner countries: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Poland. The third part returns to a European dimension in order to investigate industrial relations in the pork value chain across Europe and provide some final recommendations for improving the governance of this chain by trade unions.

Piera Campanella
is Professor of Labour Law in the Department of Law (DiGiur) at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo (Italy).

Davide Dazzi
is Researcher of the Institute for Economic and Social Research, the union related research Institute of Cgil Emilia-Romagna (Italy).

Indice

Introduction, by Piera Campanella, Davide Dazzi
Part I. The pork value chain in Europe: structure and labour market
Eduardo Barberis, Daniela Freddi, Raffaele Giammetti, Paolo Polidori, Désirée Teobaldelli, Elena Viganò, Structural characteristics of the European pork value chain: a quantitative analysis
(Introduction; Structural characteristics of the European pork chain; The European pork chains: statistics and data analysis; National reports: an overview; Challenges and opportunities for the European pork value chain: some concluding remarks)
Part II. Structural characteristics and industrial relations in the pork value chain: five national cases
Marco Rocca, Ann Vrijsen, Structural characteristics and industrial relations in the pork value chain: the case of Belgium
(Introduction; The pork industry in Belgium; Main critical aspects of the pork value chain in Belgium; Overview of the Belgian industrial relations system; Industrial relations in the Belgian pork value chain; Collective bargaining under pressure: a case study; Concluding remarks)
Steen E. Navrbjerg, Structural characteristics and industrial relations in the pork value chain: the case of Denmark
(Introduction; Industrial relations in Denmark; Industrial relations in the pork value chain; Summing up - strengths and weaknesses along the Danish pork value chain; A case study: a major pork farm)
Michael Whittall, Rainer Trinczek, Structural characteristics and industrial relations in the pork value chain: the case of Germany
(Introduction; Main critical aspects of the pork value chain in Germany; German industrial relations - a pluralist means of containing conflict; Labour relations in the German Pork Industry - the decline of Modell Deutschland; Critical aspects within the pork value chain - labour market legislation, employment contracts, cost reduction practices, and future developments; A case study: The Act Securing Employee Rights in the Meat Industry - tackling precarious employment practices in the meat industry; Conclusion)
Stefania Battistelli, Piera Campanella, Davide Dazzi, Daniela Freddi, Structural characteristics and industrial relations in the pork value chain: the case of Italy
(Introduction; Main critical aspects of the pork value chain in Italy; Characteristics of the labour market in the pork value chain; Industrial relations systems; Industrial relations in the pork value chain; Labour relations; A case study: the Castelfrigo case; The most recent attempts at governing the subcontracting chain; Final remarks and comments)
Izabela Buchowicz, Izabela Florczak, Hanna Kinowska, Marta Otto, Lukasz Sienkiewicz, Structural characteristics and industrial relations in the pork value chain: the case of Poland
(Introduction; Structural characteristics of the pork value chain in Poland; The pork value chain in Poland: the result of qualitative research; The functioning of the industrial relations system at the national level: an overview; Labour market characteristics in the pork value chain in Poland; Main social partners in the pork value chain; Unionization in the pork value chain in Poland - the Animex case study; General comments, perceptions, and proposals of the target groups)
Part III. A comparative perspective on the pork value chain: industrial relations and final recommendations
Giulio Centamore, The pork value chain: a comparative perspective on industrial relations in five EU countries
(Introduction; The pork industry: from asset to issue?; Recent developments of the pork market and how they impact on employment conditions and industrial relations in the sector; As competition increases in the pork market, companies react by finding new ways to enhance efficiency and reduce labour costs; Industrial relations in the pork sector: revitalisation from below and revitalisation from above; Concluding remarks)
Stefania Battistelli, Piera Campanella, Giulio Centamore, Davide Dazzi, Final recommendations
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Partnership and Project Team