La fin des discriminations syndicales ?
Luttes judiciaires et pratiques négociées
The end of trade union discrimination?
Judicial struggles and Negotiated practices
A book by Vincent-Arnaud Chappe, Jean-Michel Denis, Cécile Guillaume and Sophie Pochic
The 2008 and 2015 laws on Trade Union Representatives Reform and Social Dialog have introduced within firms new corporate requirements about the “reconciliation” of trade union and professional activity. How can this sudden attention of the public authorities to “union discrimination” be explained? Are we witnessing a historic break in “French style” professional relations?
Based on six monographs on large companies with contrasting social practices, this book shows how the negotiation of trade union rights- and “management of union paths” agreements is also a response to the increase of litigation, notably instigated by the CGT since the 1990s, that contributed to an awareness of their rights by the trade unionists.
If these corporate agreements better protect the most in the social dialogue invested trade unionists who sign agreements, they do not drastically change field managerial practices, which continue to stigmatize local trade unionists, especially when they oppose restructuring or denounce the deterioration of working conditions through protesting practices.
Vincent-Arnaud Chappe is a sociologist, CNRS researcher, and a member of the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI-I3).
Jean-Michel Denis is a professor of sociology at the University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and a researcher at the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (LATTS).
Cécile Guillaume is a sociologist and reader the University of Roehampton, UK.
Sophie Pochic is a sociologist and CNRS research director at the Centre Maurice Halbwachs.
La fin des discriminations syndicales ? is published by Éditions du Croquant, 2019
Presentation of the book and table of contents
See also the interview of Vincent-Arnaud Chappe “Measuring union discrimination: a struggle issue”, by Florian Pipard for the journal Action juridique – CFDT, published ont this website, 2019.