Trade unions and politics in Cyprus: a historical comparative analysis across the dividing line

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Series Details Vol.22, No.4, December 2017, p484-503
Publication Date December 2017
ISSN 1362-9395
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This article is the first comparative study on the historical development of trade unions in Cyprus. It assesses the impact of the historical trajectory and ethnic division on the contemporary condition of the trade unions, which substantially diverge from each other. It compares and contrasts the framework, conditions and forms of trade unionism across the dividing line, focusing on the current conjuncture and accounts for them using a historical institutionalist approach. It concludes that disparity is likely to persist although recent austerity policies have been posing similar challenges to the trade unions on both sides of the divide.

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