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‚Ueber Bande gespielt‘. Moeglichkeiten und Grenzen neuer Strategien im Verhaeltnis von Betriebsraeten, Arbeitgebern und Medienoeffentlichkeit am Beispiel der Regulierung von Leiharbeit (‘Played on the Rebound’. Opportunities and Limits of Strategies Recently Implemented in the Relations of Employees, Employers and the Mass Media, Shown on the Example of the Regulation of Agency Work)


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  • Bitterwolf, Sebastian
  • Seeliger, Martin
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    Aktuelle Entwicklungen im deutschen System industrieller Beziehungen weisen darauf hin, dass sich das Normalarbeitsverhaeltnis (gemeinsam mit anderen komplementaeren Institutionen) derzeit in einem Erosionsprozess befindet. Arbeitnehmervertretungen geraten dadurch unter Druck, so dass sie neue Vertretungsmoeglichkeiten abseits tradierter Regulierungs- und Konfliktbewaeltigungsarenen suchen. Der Text zeigt unter Verweis auf drei beispielhaft angefuehrte Faelle, dass Interessenvertretungen versuchen, durch den strategischen Einsatz und Einbezug von Medien neue Handlungsressourcen abseits betrieblicher Pfade zu gewinnen. Es wird argumentiert, dass sich vor dem Hintergrund der bundesrepublikanischen Sozialpartnerschaft ein Normenzusammenhang herausgebildet hat (das Normalarbeitsverhaeltnis), dessen Verletzung von Arbeitnehmerseite unter bestimmten Bedingungen genutzt werden kann, um Leiharbeitsverhaeltnisse oeffentlichkeitswirksam zu skandalisieren und so Einfluss auf die Ausgestaltung von Erwerbsverhaeltnissen zu gewinnen. (Under conditions of institutional change in German industrial relations traditional conditions of employment become increasingly affected. While pressure on workers’ representatives increases, alternative modes of interest representation also gain significance. Drawing on empirical research in three cases, the article shows how works councils acquire new options to transcend the company-internal arena. We argue that against the background of stable employment conditions within a constellation of social partnership, precarious relationships of contract work can gain traction by drawing attention to their plight by the strategic use of media. By referring to this option, works councils can put pressure on their management to regulate such employment relationships with the worker’s interest in mind.)

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    Article provided by Rainer Hampp Verlag in its journal Industrielle Beziehungen.

    Volume (Year): 20 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 36-53

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    Handle: RePEc:rai:indbez:doi_10.1688/1862-0035_indb_2013_01_bitterwolf

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    Keywords: institutional change; industrial relations; works councils; social partnership; employment relationships;

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