Chapter 19 Unions and Collective Bargaining

  • Jens KirchnerEmail author
  • Pascal R. Kremp


From the times of early capitalism, employees in Germany started to form trade unions in order to improve their working conditions. Employers responded by creating employers’ associations. These associations act as a counterbalance to the trade unions, forming a negotiating partner for conflicts with the unions. Both trade unions and employers’ associations fall under the generic heading of “coalitions”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DLA Piper, EmploymentFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.DLA Piper, EmploymentMunichGermany

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