The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
Now de facto unions tend to have a unionization grade of 30% or higher in the firm or the sector and so can force the employers to negotiate. The employers then pay everybody according to the treaty, sometimes because the individual contracts are linked to collective contracts, sometimes because paying non union members less would be an encitement to join the union.
But especially in sectors or firms were unions are weak, small, almost virtual unions can make treaties too. In the individual treaties where is then a clause: pay according to collective treaty with christian union x. And you can claim to have a collective treaty. And you could use such a treaty with a pliant union to ward off a general minimum wage.
Or "union" and employers could even try to make the declaratory treaty mandatory in their sector. Mandatory treaties mostly exist in sectors were unions and employers associations are weak anyway.
Now anywhere were real unions exist, they could just go on strike. But in the many, especially service, sectors were real unions are weak, they are not able to go on strike.
There is one remedy: The courts. (It is Germany after all). Real unions can go to court an declare their unions non-union. If they are to weak to plausibly conduct collective bargaining, they should be declared non-unions, always in a particular sector. The unions succeeded with such a suit in the lend-labour sector recently.
But that needs years and even if the real union succeeds, in the meantime a new fake union has popped up.
by Cat - Feb 18 9 comments
by ATinNM - Feb 6 22 comments
by Oui - Feb 12 16 comments
by Oui - Jan 26 3 comments
by Oui - Feb 14 1 comment
by gmoke - Feb 13
by Frank Schnittger - Feb 5 10 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Feb 2 54 comments
by Cat - Feb 189 comments
by Oui - Feb 174 comments
by Oui - Feb 141 comment
by gmoke - Feb 13
by Oui - Feb 1216 comments
by Oui - Feb 12
by Oui - Feb 86 comments
by Oui - Feb 71 comment
by ATinNM - Feb 622 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Feb 510 comments
by Oui - Feb 42 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Feb 254 comments
by Cat - Feb 18 comments
by Oui - Feb 1
by Oui - Feb 129 comments
by Oui - Jan 302 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 2936 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jan 2811 comments
by Oui - Jan 263 comments
by Oui - Jan 2515 comments