"Publication (...) carries certainly great importance in the labour law doctrine, and it is not only due to the fact that it presents a multitude of organizational forms of workers’ representations, but because it also portrays meaningful differences between them. The mere fact that the authors of articles examine the competencies, scope of power and interactions between trade unions and non-union employee representations in a broader European context makes the book come across as the main source of comparative analysis (...) Furthermore, noteworthy is the fact that the authors not only apply normative analysis itself, but they also support it with a historical study of the trade union and non-union employee representation in Europe. Comprising 25 articles, it shows indisputable theoretical advantages containing many considerations relevant to the study of European labour law. However, it is not the only thing that makes this book an outstanding read. In many articles, academic reviews develop further into a range of examples displaying practical problems that arise out of the multiplicity of the representation of workers in a workplace where their competencies tend to overlap. It is this significant message that should be read as demonstrating the importance of relationship building to increase visibility, influence and power of employee representatives through strengthening the social dialogue and activities jointly undertaken by the social partners. Such studies perfectly show the channels where theory and practice may effectively get reconciled".
Prof. dr hab. Monika Tomaszewska