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A survey of 1,553 companies in the metal and electrical industry about their attitude to binding collective bargaining shows that two thirds of these firms are satisfied with their binding sector-level agreements.
Declining collective bargaining coverage in Germany has prompted a debate on how the trend could be reversed. However, this debate makes no distinction between the coverage and the autonomy of collective bargaining.
Problems of economic growth and political polarisation in a number of developed economies are increasingly being blamed on inequality in distribution. Over the past decade this has stimulated analysis of macroeconomic income distribution.
In 2001 five trade unions merged to form the United Services Union, commonly referred to by its abbreviated German name: ver.di. Fifteen years after its foundation ver.di’s scorecard is rather mixed. Membership has fallen by 27 per cent and the number of companies bound by collective wage agreements has declined perceptibly in certain bargaining areas.
A comparison of Germany with other OECD countries
A Fresh Wind for Germany’s Trade Unions?
Since the latest economic and financial crisis, Germany has had an expansive wage policy. Whereas between 2000 and 2008 labour costs and productivity were still moving in line, since 2009 labour costs...
Recent changes in collective bargaining in 4 European countries (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom)
The case of Germany
On behalf of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the Cologne Institute for Economic Research analysed the wage trends in Germany (2006-2010). The study shows...