The State of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation in Germany

Publication date: 1 Jul 2010 | Publication type: Journal article/book/chapter | Theme: Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A | External Author(s): Addison, J.T.,Teixeira,P.,Pahnke, A. and Bellmann, L. | JEL Classification: J50, J53 | Report to: IZA Discussion Paper No. 5030

This paper investigates trends in collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany<br />

from 2000 to 2008. It seeks to update and widen earlier analyses pointing to a decline in<br />

collective bargaining, while providing more information on the dual system as a whole. Using<br />

data from the IAB Employment Panel and the German Employment Register, we report<br />

evidence of a systematic and continuing erosion of the dual system. Not unnaturally the<br />

decline is led by developments in western Germany. Arguably, the path of erosion will<br />

continue until rough and ready convergence is reached with eastern Germany. Expressed<br />

differently, if the process of decentralization underpinning these developments once was<br />

Ôregulated' it no longer appears to be so.

Keyword tags: 
collective bargaining, unions, Germany, shift-share

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