However, an analysis of the results of the IW Personnel Panel finds no significant connection between the degree of digitalisation in a company and the existence of a works council. A works council exists in a good 10 per cent of the highly digitalised companies implementing Industry 4.0. The same applies to 9.7 per cent of the far less technologically advanced Industry 3.0 firms. Nor are negative developments currently discernible in the willingness of managements and works councils to cooperate. In 2018, for example, over 90 per cent of management boards either agreed with the works council from the outset or, in the event of differences, was ultimately able to negotiate a joint solution. Concerns that digitalisation might lead to the erosion of co- determination or to a deterioration in relations between works councils and management thus appear to have little foundation. In view of this, no extension of co-determination rights is needed.
Industrial Relations and Transformation Processes An Empirical Analysis Based on the IW Personnel Panel
As digitalisation of the economy and society as a whole progresses, fears have been expressed that this rapid and sometimes disruptive technological change might prevent works councils from adequately representing employees and their concerns to management.
- Helena Schneider / Oliver Stettes / Sandra Vogel ·
- IW-Trends No. 3 ·
- 31 October 2019