11 September 2015
A decline in collective agreement coverage and opening clauses drives wage inequality in Germany.
25 Juni 2015
A bill setting a 30% quota for women on company boards has been passed by the Germany's lower house of parliament (Bundestag).
24 Juni 2015
Following years of declining membership, trade union numbers in Germany began to stabilise in 2014.
22 Juni 2015
There has been a dramatic drop in the number of workers going on strike in Germany, with the vast majority of strike actions taking place in the service industries.
12 Juni 2015
There has been much debate about the statutory minimum hourly wage of €8.50 in Germany since it came into effect at the beginning of 2015.
28 Mai 2015
Recent research shows that workers taking early retirement in Germany are more likely to be in large establishments with a predominantly male workforce. Those working in small establishments, particularly with a predominantly female workforce, are less likely to take early retirement. The study, by Duisberg University, uses data from a 2010 works council survey.
27 Mai 2015
A heated debate has been sparked by a draft bill to re-establish the principle of ‘one establishment, one collective agreement’. This would mean that in companies where there are overlapping collective agreements, only the agreement concluded by the majority trade union would apply. The bill is expected to become law in May 2015.
19 Februar 2015
In November 2014, the German government remodelled its parental benefit scheme to promote part-time working for mothers and fathers. The reform is a further step towards refocusing the country's family dynamic from the typical male breadwinner model towards a Nordic dual-earner model.
02 Februar 2015
An ongoing decline in coverage for both collective bargaining and works councils in Germany is driven by medium-sized establishments: coverage rates for large and small companies have remained relatively constant. In 2013, only 28% of private-sector workers in western Germany (15% in eastern Germany) were covered both by a collective agreement and a works council.
23 Oktober 2014
In western and northern European countries, the opportunity to work from home has increased in recent years. But the trend has taken an opposite direction in Germany, where the share of workers working from home has declined across occupations. This has occurred despite public debates on how teleworking might improve work–life balance. The study does not offer a conclusive explanation for the trend, but the author highlights the preference for other forms of working time arrangements in Germany.