Transnational solidarity in times of the pandemic crisis in the European sectoral social dialogues of commerce and social services
Keywords:social partnership, transnational, crisis reaction, solidarity, sectoral social dialogue
During the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, social partners were involved into crisis management at different levels. Besides the company and the national level, social partners increased their activities at the European sectoral level. Considering this transnational collective action as an act of solidarity in European employment relations, this paper analyses bridging and bonding as processes allowing for transnational collective acts of solidarity. Based on empirical evidence of case studies of the sectors commerce and social services, the paper shows that the European social partnership serves as a framework allowing for trustful collaboration within which coalition building appears to be “a natural”.