Crisis and trade union challenges in Portugal and Spain: Between general strikes and social pacts: Between general strikes and social pacts

Maria da Paz Campos Lima, Antonio Martín Artiles

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Abstract

This article examines the responses of trade union confederations to the impact of the international crisis of 2007—2010 in Portugal and in Spain. Both countries had socialist governments in power and were in particularly vulnerable positions when the crisis struck. During this period trade union confederations negotiated social pacts and called general strikes. Drawing from the literature on social pacts, general strikes and on the identities and strategic actions of trade unions, the article explores the dynamics of government policies and trade union responses and their implications for the relationship between social pacts and general strikes. © 2011, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-402
Number of pages16
JournalTransfer: European Review of Labour and Research
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

Keywords

  • economic crisis
  • general strikes
  • Social pacts
  • socialist parties
  • trade union strategies
  • trade unions

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