A high turnout of voters marked the latest works council elections in Germany, underlining their importance to the German industrial relations system. However, a study published in January 2015 shows that they remain male-dominated, with women holding only 25% of the seats. Two-thirds of works council members were reelected, of whom a disproportionate share were also union members.
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Sandra Vogel: Germany – Survey on works council elections in 1,600 companies
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