ERIC Number: ED373165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
The Trade Unions in Germany. Facing New Challenges. IN Visitors' Information Special Report. 2nd Quarter.
Horstkotte, Hermann; Schroder, Karsten
A study examined the current status and likely future of trade unions in the German Trade Union Federation. The study focused on the following topics: unions as part of a social partnership, unions as partners in self-administration, collective pay policy against unemployment, plant reorganization and its impact on work and wages, the trend toward increasing part-time employment, flexible working hours, company pension schemes and invested wages, the basic problem of long-term unemployment, efforts to avoid a downward spiral in employment and wages, upheaval in Germany's unions, union efforts to gain more members, and union members with foreign passports. The study established that, within a 2-year period, union membership decreased from 11.8 million to 10.3 million. Membership losses were especially high in eastern Germany. The future of the federation as the umbrella organization of Germany's trade unions was being questioned by several branch unions that are seeking more powers at the local level and expressing a desire to integrate with certain other branch unions. Despite the internal problems facing the German unions, their stabilizing function in the economy and society as a whole still remained evident. (A list of the federation's 16 branch trade unions with membership numbers is included.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter Nationes, Bonn (Germany).