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The case of mandatory works councils in post-communist East Germany: different workplace relations in the East and West?

Frege, Carola M. (1998) The case of mandatory works councils in post-communist East Germany: different workplace relations in the East and West? Economic and Industrial Democracy, 19 (3). pp. 475-504. ISSN 1461-7099

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Abstract

This study investigates the functioning of the new works council institution in post-Communist east Germany. Two major characteristics, cooperative relations with management and an effective representation of workers' interests, are examined in a comparative analysis in the east and west German clothing and textile industry. A survey of the works councillors provided some initial indication that works councils do not significantly differ in the west and east and have in general cooperative attitudes towards management. Moreover, a survey of unionized workers in these firms revealed an overwhelming awareness of the necessity of the works councils and a conviction that their limited effectiveness is mainly caused by the current economic constraints rather than by internal deficiencies of the new institutions. Overall, the data suggest that the works council institution in the east is developing, in only a very short time period, in essentially similar ways to works council representation in west Germany.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://eid.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 1998 SAGE London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
Sets: Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Departments > Management
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Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2010 16:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26881/

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