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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...
Since the mid-nineteen-nineties employers and unions in Germany have pursued a moderate wage policy. This has improved unit labour costs and international competitiveness. At the same time, this wage...