The State of Collective Bargaining and Worker Representation in Germany: The Erosion Continues

| Publication date: 30 Jun 2010 | 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 from 2000 to 2008. It seeks to update and widen earlier analyses pointing to a decline in collective bargaining, while providing more information on the dual system as a whole. Using data from the IAB Employment Panel and the German Employment Register, we report evidence of a systematic and continuing erosion of the dual system. Not unnaturally the decline is led by developments in western Germany. Arguably, the path of erosion will continue until rough and ready convergence is reached with eastern Germany. Expressed differently, if the process of decentralization underpinning these developments once was Ôregulated' it no longer appears to be so.<br />

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collective bargaining, unions, works councils, Germany
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