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In German companies there are worker councils too, but they have nothing to do with collective bargaining and strikes. They are elected by all employees, not the union members.

German unions and labour laws worked quite well as long as unemployment was low and slave temporary work was banned. When temporary work was introduced our stupid unions disdainfully refused to have anything to do with it. So now we have "core staff", well paid and organised in unions and temporary workers who get paid much less and who are organised in Verdi (the ones who supported a minimum wage fairly early), but organising them is very difficult and there are the fake unions IM mentioned.  

by Katrin on Thu Apr 26th, 2012 at 07:27:44 AM EST
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