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