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What Triggers the Establishment of a Works Council?

  • Jens Mohrenweiser

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    (Center for European Economic Research, Mannheim)

  • Paul Marginson

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    (Warwick Business School)

  • Uschi Backes-Gellner

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    (Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich)

This paper analyses events that trigger the establishment of a works council and the actor or agent who triggers it. The paper extends previous research in two dimensions. First, we examine specific events that motivate workers to establish a works council, such as a change of owner, founding a spin-off, a firm-acquisition or a radical restructuring. These events express risk protection as workers’ primary motivation for establishing a works council. Second, we analyse the actor or agent who triggers the establishment of a works council and show that management is involved in one third of all cases and has, in a minority of cases, motivated workers to establish a works council. Managerial involvement in the process of establishment reveals a positive managerial response to worker representation.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Working Papers with number 0101.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
Date of revision: Jul 2010
Handle: RePEc:iso:wpaper:0101
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  1. Hübler, Olaf & Jirjahn, Uwe, 2001. "Works Councils and Collective Bargaining in Germany: The Impact on Productivity and Wages," IZA Discussion Papers 322, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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