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Erosion, Erneuerung, Umnutzung: Arbeitgeberverbaende und ihr Umgang mit dem Flaechentarifvertrag am Beispiel der ERA-Einfuehrung in der Metall- und Elektroindustrie (Erosion, Renewal, Conversion: Employers’ Associations and Collective Bargaining: The Case of the ERA-agreements in the German Metalworking and Electrical Industry)

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  • Reinhard Bahnmueller
  • Martin Kuhlmann
  • Werner Schmidt
  • Hans Joachim Sperling

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Die in den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten anhaltende Erosion des Flaechentarifvertragssystems in Deutschland gefaehrdet den ordnungspolitischen Anspruch der tarifvertraglichen Regelung von Arbeitsstandards. Mit den Entgeltrahmenabkommen (ERA) haben die Tarifparteien in der Metall- und Elektroindustrie einen ambitionierten Ansatz zur (Re-)Stabilisierung tariflicher Ordnungs- und Gestaltungsfunktion verfolgt. Der Beitrag arbeitet auf der Basis empirisch-soziologischer Begleitforschung in den Tarifregionen Baden-Wuerttemberg und Niedersachsen heraus, wie die strategischen Zielsetzungen einer Modernisierung von Entgeltstrukturen von den Arbeitgeberverbaenden regional unterschiedlich konzipiert, interpretiert und umgesetzt werden und wie sie dabei strategische Varianten des Umgangs mit dem Flaechentarifvertrag begruenden, die die Ausgestaltung der Tarifnormen sowie die Umsetzungsprozesse und -ergebnisse unterschiedlich praegen. (The erosion of the German system of collective bargaining during the last two decades is threatening the effectiveness of collective regulation of wages and working standards. With the introduction of the new Single Status Pay Agreement (ERA), both sides, the employers’ association and the trade union, initiated an ambitious attempt to (re)stabilize the system of collective bargaining in the metalworking industry. The article presents findings from an empirical sociological study of the implementation of ERA in two regions, Baden-Wurttemberg and Lower Saxony. The article shows that the strategic objectives of modernizing the pay system are conceptualized, interpreted and implemented quite differently by the regional employers’ associations. Therefore, the article argues, the resulting differences of strategy lead to different collective standards, and shape the process and outcome of pay structure reform.)

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  • Reinhard Bahnmueller & Martin Kuhlmann & Werner Schmidt & Hans Joachim Sperling, 2010. "Erosion, Erneuerung, Umnutzung: Arbeitgeberverbaende und ihr Umgang mit dem Flaechentarifvertrag am Beispiel der ERA-Einfuehrung in der Metall- und Elektroindustrie (Erosion, Renewal, Conversion: Empl," Industrielle Beziehungen - Zeitschrift fuer Arbeit, Organisation und Management - The German Journal of Industrial Relations, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 17(3), pages 241-260.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:indbez:doi_10.1688/1862-0035_indb_2010_03_bahnmueller
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    Keywords

    collective bargaining system; employers’ associations; single status pay; pay structure; metalworking industry;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • J83 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Workers' Rights
    • L61 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Metals and Metal Products; Cement; Glass; Ceramics

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