Collective Bargaining Unity and Fragmentation in Germany: Two Concepts of Trade Unionism?

标题Collective Bargaining Unity and Fragmentation in Germany: Two Concepts of Trade Unionism?
出版物类型期刊文章
出版物年份2013
作者Burgess, Pete, and Symon, Graham
期刊Economic and Industrial Democracy
Volume34
Issue4
Pagination719 - 739
关键词collective bargaining, Germany, industrial relations, institutional change, labor legislation, labor unions, trade unionism
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.