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Collective bargaining unity and fragmentation in Germany: Two concepts of trade unionism?

Collective bargaining unity and fragmentation in Germany: Two concepts of trade unionism?

Burgess, Pete and Symon, Graham (2013) Collective bargaining unity and fragmentation in Germany: Two concepts of trade unionism? Economic and Industrial Democracy, 34 (4). pp. 719-739. ISSN 0143-831X (Print), 1461-7099 (Online) (doi:10.1177/0143831X12464069)

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Abstract

In recent years established collective bargaining arrangements in some sectors in Germany have been challenged by an upsurge of sectional union activity that has contested the status of industry-level incumbents. Gauging the impact of this development has proved difficult for both observers and insiders, with a range of responses from labour market actors and government. This article explores recent developments and actor responses and locates them in the wider context of the German political economy. It argues that of all these actors trade unions, in particular in organized forms of capitalism, are confronted by strategic dilemmas related to managing the difficult ‘variable geometry’ of mobilization and systemic accommodation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: collective bargaining, industrial relations, institutional change, labour legislation, labour unions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Work & Employment Research Unit
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:23
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9421

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