Germany+Feb.24 - Feb.24, 2011 Re-unionization with the...

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Unformatted text preview: Feb.24, 2011 Re-unionization with the East, Oct. 1990 Parliamentary Democracy - Federal system Political parties: CDU/CSU Christian Democratic Union SPD Social Democratic Party Free Democratic Party Greens - environmental reformist party Party of Democratic Som, ex-East German Communist Party Chancellor of Germany: Angela Merkel Among most technologically advanced countries in the world High value-added exports High percentage labor force in manufacturing Population almost completely literate 99% Highly open economy Economic miracle in the 1950s and 1960s East grew rapidly in early 1990s Relatively high unemployment Fewer employees working over 40 hours than any country High wages but not high unit labor costs Source: Index Mundi Source: Index Mundi Source: Index Mundi Employment relations highly legalistic Works Constitution Actworks councils Co-Determination Acts Collective Agreement Act (agreement is legally binding) Social Security Act But, no legislation directly related to union recognition. Why? The Constitution and the Basic Law guarantees freedom of association, thus, union security agreements (e.g. closed shops, union shops are illegal) Employers traditionally accept unions Unions, employers, and all major political parties have all accepted collective bargaining Ideologies seem compatible Three types of employer interest organizations: general business or trade associations; specific employers associations; and chambers of industry and commerce, chambers of trades Interests are organized according to sectors as well as regions 70% German employers are in industry employer associations Metal trades employer association is the key group Declining membership: why? Response: split membership Federation of German Industries (BDI) Confederation of German Employers Associations (BDA) Contains 70% eligible enterprises with ~80% private sector employees Conducts extensive research program, lobbying, and provides information No actual bargaining role but pools resources for strike defense...
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