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Carsten Anders / Hendrik Biebeler / Hagen Lesch IW-Trends No. 1 25. March 2015 Membership Growth and Political Influence

A Fresh Wind for Germany’s Trade Unions?

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Membership Growth and Political Influence
Carsten Anders / Hendrik Biebeler / Hagen Lesch IW-Trends No. 1 25. March 2015

Membership Growth and Political Influence

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German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

A Fresh Wind for Germany’s Trade Unions?

The trade unions in Germany appear to be in the ascendant. An analysis of the results of the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) shows that the net density rate of trade unions has recently risen to 20.6 per cent, an increase of 2.6 percentage points over its low point in 2006. Moreover, the trade unions have managed to return from the political sidelines onto which they manoeuvred themselves with their opposition to Agenda 2010, a reform programme launched by a Social Democratic / Green coalition government in 2003. However, whether these successes will endure is by no means sure. An analysis of union membership reveals that unionisation of male, full-time and older employees is above average. However, the latest membership growth will only continue if the unions succeed in organising more women, part-timers and young people.

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Membership Growth and Political Influence
Carsten Anders / Hendrik Biebeler / Hagen Lesch IW-Trends No. 1 25. March 2015

Carsten Anders / Hendrik Biebeler / Hagen Lesch: Mitgliederentwicklung und politische Einflussnahme: Die deutschen Gewerkschaften im Aufbruch?

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German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

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A Macroeconomic Analysis of Wage-Price Spirals
Thomas Obst / Maximilian Stockhausen IW-Analyse No. 155 9. January 2024

A Macroeconomic Analysis of Wage-Price Spirals

The subject of this Analysis is the forms that wage-price spirals can take and how they influence macroeconomic stability and inflationary trends in Germany.

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Carolin Fulda / Hagen Lesch / Christoph Schröder / Sandra Vogel IW-Analyse No. 154 5. December 2023

The Influence of the Minimum Wage on Collective Bargaining

This analysis examines the connection between collective wage bargaining in Germany and the adjustments to the statutory minimum wage determined by the Minimum Wage Commission since June 2020.

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