The Reluctant Bargainers: McDonald’s, Unions and Pay Determination in Germany and the UK
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KeywordsMcDonald'sMultinational corporationsUnited KingdomGermanyEmployee relations
There is growing evidence that multinational enterprises (MNEs) increasingly develop organisation-based employment strategies, which promote the transmission of employee relations practices across national borders. This article provides an analysis of one MNE’s employee relations practice and what appears to be its preference for operating, where possible, independently of national industrial relations systems. The findings, which draw on a UK/German comparison, raise a number of questions about the adequacy of even highly juridifed national systems to protect workers rights in practice.