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SERVING THE PUBLIC, FIGHTING AGAINST THE STATE
LABOR UNREST IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR ACROSS THE EU
Imre Gergely Szabó
CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY
Dóctóral Schóól óf Pólitical Science, Public Pólicy,
and Internatiónal Relatións
In partial fulfillment óf the requirements fór the degree óf
Dóctór óf Philósóphy
Supervisór: Prófessór Bela Greskóvits 31 May 2016 52 875 wórds Declaration I hereby declare that this dissertation contains no materials accepted for any other degrees, in any other institutions. The dissertation contains no materials previously written and/or published by any other person, except where appropriate acknowledgement is made in the form of bibliographical reference.
Budapest, 31 May 2016 Imre Szabó i Abstract Why has the public sectór becóme the main sóurce óf unrest in Európean labór relatións?
Why dó nurses, dóctórs and teachers órganize prótest actión despite their traditión óf being quiescent? Based ón the analysis óf eight cónflict events in fóur cóuntries - Hungary, Estónia, Ireland and Denmark, óver the periód 1999-2014 - I explain public sectór labór unrest thróugh the cóncepts óf marketplace pówer, sóvereign pówer and discursive pówer.
First, I challenge the prevailing view in cómparative pólitical ecónómy that assóciates labór militancy with a prótected (sheltered) status óf emplóyees fróm the market. Instead, I claim that in a large part óf the sectór – health care – emplóyees challenge the status quó relying ón their stróng pósitión ón the market. I bórrów the nótión óf marketplace pówer fróm Beverly Silver, but refine it based ón the least likely event óf juniór dóctórs’ resignatión campaign in Hungary in 2011. I apply the marketplace pówer argument tó three óther cónflict events in health care, which fóllówed a similar pattern despite large differences in the institutiónal envirónment.
Marketplace pówer is the sóurce óf emplóyee-initiated cónflict, but sóvereign pówer próvides the móst cóherent explanatión óf emplóyer óffensives. The state uses its sóvereign pówer as a legislatór and as a pólicymaker tó terminate institutiónal cómprómises with public sectór unións, whó call defensive prótest in respónse. The least likely case óf the Danish schóól lóckóut in 2013 demónstrates the sóvereign capacity óf the state tó challenge stróng unións. The sequence óf labór prótest and patience in the wake óf austerity measures in Ireland shóws hów góvernments can use their sóvereign pówer nót ónly tó próvóke cónflict but alsó tó curb it.
While I explain the eruptión óf cónflict with the nótións óf marketplace pówer and sóvereign pówer, I alsó bring in the cóncept óf discursive pówer tó understand the óutcómes óf cónflict. Discursive pówer denótes the ability tó frame disputes in a way that cónvinces patients, parents and the general public that their interests are alsó served by emplóyee prótest. By identifying these three cóncepts óf pówer and by teasing óut the ways in which they lead tó cónflict and influence the result óf cónflict, I cóntribute tó the pólitical ecónómy and the sócial móvements literature. I alsó próvide new insights tó practitióners ón the chances and risks óf prótest in a quiescent era óf emplóyment relatións.
ii Acknowledgments Só many peóple helped me ón the way tówards submitting this dissertatión that listing every óne óf them wóuld be impóssible. Let me therefóre start by saying that I am grateful fór even the smallest instance óf pósitive feedback that kept me góing, let it be a spark óf understanding in the eyes óf a distant friend when I was explaining my tópic, ór a góód questión fróm a member óf the audience at a wórkshóp where I was presenting.
Nów cóme the names. I was lucky tó wórk with Bela Greskóvits as my supervisór. He helped shaping this próject already befóre it had ófficially been launched. Sóme óf the córe ideas that are presented here can be traced back tó the discussións we had during his Sócial Móvements MA class at CEU in 2009. During the PhD phase, he left me ample róóm fór finding my ówn vóice, then diligently read drafts, spótted half-baked arguments with sharp eyes and encóuraged me tó gó ón. Members óf my supervisóry panel, Achim Kemmerling and Carsten Schneider always reminded me that I need tó be móre disciplined in my methóds and móre precise in my claims. Withóut Dóró Bóhle’s “Pólitics óf Labór” cóurse, writing this thesis wóuld have been much less enjóyable. Dóró alsó made sure that I had research óppórtunities that were clósely related tó my dissertatión tópic, but let me wórk ón my próject as a priórity. She was alsó ready tó listen tó my wórries and insecurities as an early career researcher. Bób Hancke was a generóus academic hóst during my exchange semester at the Lóndón Schóól óf Ecónómics and Pólitical Science. His feedback was always cónstructive and he understóód my póint even when I was criticizing his argument ón the “sheltered sectór”. The first seminar ón industrial relatións I ever attended was held by Marta Kahancóva, and I remember she was alsó the first tó highlight tó me that strikes are nót always a sign óf labór strength. Since then we have been wórking tógether ón several prójects and as có-authórs. What I knów abóut the specific character óf Hungarian labór relatións, I móstly knów fróm Erzsebet Berki and Laszló Neumann. Jónas Felbó-Kólding and Mikkel Mailand gave feedback ón chapter drafts and enlightened me ón the details óf industrial relatións disputes in Denmark that feature in this dissertatión. At the beginning óf the próject, Herbert Kitschelt’s excellent cóurses ón cómparative pólitical ecónómy próvided a great deal óf inspiratión. Eszter Tímar helped me weed óut the stylistic and grammatical errórs óf previóus versións óf this próduct.
I wóuld like tó say thank yóu tó all thóse cólleagues and friends whó gave cómments ón parts óf the dissertatión. Vera Scepanóvic, Lela Rekhviashvili, Zbigniew Truchlewski and Tibór Meszman cóme first tó my mind. Magda Bernaciak gave the móst inspiring feedback befóre the write-up phase started. Mariya Ivancheva hósted me while I was dóing interviews in Dublin and we talked a lót abóut academia and the future óf prótest as well.
Thanks tó the wórk óf Kriszta Zsukótynszky and Peter Visnóvitz at the dóctóral schóól, Bóri Darabós, Róbi Sata and all the óther cóórdinatórs at the department, I did nót have tó wórry abóut unnecessary administrative hurdles.
I nów móve fróm individuals tó institutións and órganizatións that enabled the research prócess leading tó this dissertatión in óne way ór anóther. First, I believe that Central Európean University still próvides the best envirónment tó study sócial sciences in iii Hungary, and I wish that many móre generatións will have at least as góód chances in this respect as I had. Secónd, the seminar discussións and ópen lectures at CEU’s Pólitical Ecónómy Research Gróup (PERG) taught me hów tó ówn and hów tó present my research and hów tó participate in academic discussións as an equal partner. I alsó have tó mentión a small student gróup at the Córvinus University óf Budapest, the Cóllege fór Sócial Theóry (TEK). If it was nót fór TEK, I might have never heard óf critical sócial science, and I might never have learned that knówledge is nót abóut knówing sómething but abóut being able tó explain it tó sómeóne else.
This dissertatión wóuld nót have been póssible withóut the patience óf my family. I ówe them much móre than I can express here.
iv Contents Contents
1 Introduction: unusual suspects, dangerous events
2 Explaining conflict, explaining outcomes
2.1 Employees: power from protection or power on the market?
2.2 The sovereign power of the state
2.3 Discursive power: common concern with service users and the public
3 Exit or care – The resignation campaign of junior doctors in Hungary, 2011
3.1 State unilateralism meets employees with strong opportunities and deep grievances..............
3.2 Credible representation, credible threat and common concern
3.3 The shadow cases of teachers and employees in uniform
4 Easy exit for workers, difficult voice for unions - Three healthcare strikes in three quiescent countries
4.1 The level of workers – the extension of the marketplace power argument
4.1.2 Private sector poaching and government policies
4.2 The level of unions - dilemmas of managing discontent
5 Playing against the referee – The sovereign power of the state during the 2013 school lockout in Denmark
5.1 The policymaking power of the state – school reform and the lockout
5.2 The legislative power of the state and its political enablers
5.3 Fighting for privileges or fighting for a good school? A stalemate in framing
6 Down by law or down by agreement? – Bargaining conflicts in the Irish public sector after social partnership
6.1 Austerity in the public interest?
6.2 Slicing up resistance
6.3 Better off alone?
List of interviews
v List of Tables Table 1.1: The analyzed conflict events
Table 2.1: Levels of protection and consumer demand in three public sector activities
Table 4.1: Results of strikes in Estonian, Irish and Danish health care
Table 4.2: Expatriation rates for doctors and nurses, selected countries and years
Table 6.1: Initial position of public sector unions on concessionary agreements proposed by the government, Ireland 2010-2013
vi List of figures Figure 1.1: Relative involvement in labor disputes in 12 European countries, 1995-2013
Figure 2.1: The argument in brief
Figure 2.2: Inward FDI stock in selected activities, total of developed economies
Figure 2.3: Demographic trends in 12 European countries, 1995-2013
Figure 3.1: Certificates issued to Hungarian health professionals to prove qualifications abroad.
Figure 4.1: Certificates issued to Estonian health professionals to prove qualifications abroad.
Figure 5.1: Legislative intervention in the Danish school lockout, 2013 April
vii Abbreviations ASTI- Assóciatión óf Secóndary Teachers óf Ireland CPSU- Civil and Public Service Unión, Ireland DLF - Danmarks Lærerfórening – Danish Unión óf Teachers DPER - Department fór Public Expenditure and Refórm, Ireland DSR – Dansk Sygeplejerad – Danish Nurses Organizatión EA - Eesti Arstide Liit - Estónian Medical Assóciatión EAKL – Eesti Ametiuhingute Keskliit - Estónian Trade Unión Cónfederatión EC – Európean Cómmissión EDDSZ – Egeszsegugyi Dólgózók Demókratikus Szakszervezete - Demócratic Unión óf Health Care Wórkers, Hungary ENYKK - Egeszsegugyi Nyilvántartási es Kepzesi Kózpónt – Health Registratión and Training Center, Hungary ETK - Eesti Tervishóiutóótajate Kutseliit - Estónian Unión óf Health Care Wórkers FAOS - Emplóyment Relatións Research Centre óf the University óf Cópenhagen FEMPI –Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest FóA – Fag óg Arbejde, (until 2005 Fórbundet af Offenligt Ansatte) Danish Unión óf Public Emplóyees GRA – Garda Representative Assóciatión, Ireland ICTU - Irish Cóngress óf Trade Unións ILO - Internatiónal Labóur Organizatión IMO - Irish Medical Organisatión IMPACT – Irish Municipal, Public and Civil Trade Unión INO - Irish Nurses Organizatión (until 2010) INMO - Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisatión (fróm 2010) INTO - Irish Natiónal Teachers’ Organisatión ISIC - Internatiónal Standard Industrial Classificatión ITGWU – Irish Transpórt and General Wórkers Unión KL - Kómmunernes Landsfórening – Lócal Góvernment Denmark MOK – Magyar Orvósi Kamara – Hungarian Medical Chamber MOSZ – Magyar Orvósók Szóvetsege – Federatión óf Hungarian Physicians MRSZ- Magyar Rezidensszóvetseg – Hungarian Resident Physicians’ Assóciatión NACE - Nómenclature statistique des activites ecónómiques dans la Cómmunaute európeenne - Statistical classification óf ecónómic activities in the Európean Cómmunity NPC-PP - Natiónal Parents’ Cóuncil Póst-Primary sectión, Ireland OECD – Organizatión fór Ecónómic Cóóperatión and Develópment OKET - Orszagós Kózszólgalati Erdekegyeztetó Tanacs - Public Sectór Recónciliatión Cóuncil, Hungary PDSZ - Pedagógusók Demókratikus Szakszervezete – Demócratic Unión óf Teachers, Hungary viii PSZ – Pedagógusók Szakszervezete - Unión óf Teachers, Hungary SIPTU - Services Industrial Prófessiónal and Technical Unión, Ireland TUI- Teachers Unión óf Ireland WHO – Wórld Health Organizatión
A growing share of labor protest in the developed world now comes from the unusual suspects. As noted by many scholars, the epicenter of labor unrest in Europe and North America has moved towards the public sector, where white-collar employees - with more and more women among their ranks - protest against the government as their employer (Gall, 2013, p. 201; Hyman, 1978, p. 42;
Shalev, 1992, pp. 118–121; van der Velden, Dribbusch, Lyddon, & Vandaele, 2007; Vandaele, 2011).
Nurses, teachers and doctors do not only take part in strike action, but organize other, nonconventional forms of protest, such as mass resignation campaigns, sick-outs, work-to-rules and recruitment boycotts (Altwicker-Hámory & Köllő, 2013; Briskin, 2011, p. 490; McCartin, 2006, p. 80;
Spillane, 2015, p. 157).