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Collective bargaining, decentralisation and crisis management in the German metalworking industries since 1990


  • Bispinck, Reinhard
  • Dribbusch, Heiner


Collective bargaining in the German metal and electrical engineering (M+E) industries has undergone a phase of considerable development since the 1990s. The profound changes which underwent collective bargaining in M+E over the last two decades have to be regarded against the background of a new global and national political and economic environment which emerged after the end of the Cold War. The M+E sector with at its core the automobile industry underwent successive waves of restructuring which shaped the bargaining agenda. This discussion paper examines these developments, putting a special focus on the changing bargaining agendas at both sectoral and company level and looks in particular at the decentralisation of collective bargaining. The management of the crisis of 2008 - 2010 in metal manufacturing is a further topic.A first version of this paper was presented at a meeting of the European GUSTO research project on 6 September 2011 in Barcelona.

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  • Bispinck, Reinhard & Dribbusch, Heiner, 2011. "Collective bargaining, decentralisation and crisis management in the German metalworking industries since 1990," WSI Working Papers 177, The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI), Hans-Böckler-Foundation.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:wsidps:177

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    1. Ulrich Jurgens & Martin Krzywdzinski, 2008. "Relocation and East-West competition: the case of the European automotive industry," International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 8(2), pages 145-169.
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    1. Chiara Benassi, 2016. "Liberalization Only at the Margins? Analysing the Growth of Temporary Work in German Core Manufacturing Sectors," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 54(3), pages 597-622, September.
    2. Cody, John., 2015. "How labor manages productivity advances and crisis response : a comparative study of automotive manufacturing in Germany and the US," ILO Working Papers 994871573402676, International Labour Organization.
    3. Colin Crouch, 2015. "Labour Market Governance and the Creation of Outsiders," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 53(1), pages 27-48, March.

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