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The demise of a model? The state of collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany

Addison, J.; Teixiera, P.; Pahnke, A.; Bellman, L.

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P. Teixiera

A. Pahnke

L. Bellman



Abstract

This article investigates collective bargaining trends in the German private sector since 2000. Using data from the IAB Establishment Panel and the German Establishment History Panel, it provides both cross-sectional and longitudinal evidence on these developments. It confirms that the hemorrhaging of sectoral bargaining, first observed in the 1980s and 1990s, is ongoing. Furthermore, works councils are also in decline, so that the dual system also displays erosion. For their part, any increases in collective bargaining at firm level have been minimal in recent years, while the behavior of newly-founded and closing establishments does not seem to lie at the root of a burgeoning collective bargaining free sector. Although there are few obvious signs of an organic reversal of the process, some revitalization of the bargaining system from above is implied by the labor policies of the new coalition government.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 12, 2014
Online Publication Date Dec 17, 2014
Publication Date May 1, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 28, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 24, 2015
Journal Economic and Industrial Democracy
Print ISSN 0143-831X
Electronic ISSN 1461-7099
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 193-234
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831x14559784
Keywords Dual system, External erosion, Germany, Sectoral/firm-level collective bargaining, Works councils.
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1416635

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Addison, J. and Teixiera, P. and Pahnke, A. and Bellman, L. (2017) 'The demise of a model? The state of collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany.', Economic and industrial democracy., 38 (2). pp. 193-234. Copyright © The Author(s) 2014. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.





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