David A. Morse is a partner in the international law firm of Surrey, Karasik, Morse and Seham. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association, and is a former Director-General of the International Labor Organization.
This article, based on an address delivered at a conference cosponsored by the Labor-Management Relations Service of the United States Conference of Mayors and the American Arbitration Association on January 16, 1978, in Washington, D.C., provides a comprehensive view of public sector employment practices in major democratic countries throughout the world. Among the topics discussed are centralized bargaining and the use of independent experts to provide objective data in Britain; joint decision making in Sweden; restrictions on unionization in West Germany; and limitations on bargainable issues in such countries as Australia. Indict, Japan, and France, The author concludes with an analysis of the right to strike, the effectiveness of the strike, and alternatives to strike activity.