English Digest Mitbestimmung

This site provides online access in English to a selection of articles that have recently appeared in Mitbestimmung, the monthly magazine of the Hans Boeckler Foundation. The articles cover employee related issues across Europe and industrial relations developments in Germany.

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“These are issues with genuinely far-reaching repercussions”

The planned TTIP free trade agreement between the EU and the US has turned into a long-running political saga. Social Democratic MEP Bernd Lange has been at the forefront of the debate. more ...

The unwanted legacy of the crisis

A European unemployment insurance scheme could help to foster stability and solidarity in the eurozone. However, the discussions on this issue have stalled. Berlin has poured cold water on the idea, while Brussels is in no mood to risk any new social policy experiments. By Eric Bonse more ...

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“A question of fairness”

Former EU Commissioner for Social Affairs László Andor on the need to extend the concept of monetary union to include social Union. more ...

A tall order

On 6 March, the German Bundestag passed a law introducing a minimum quota for the number of women on company supervisory boards. The new law poses a challenge for the trade unions – even though they have spent years preparing for it, some issues have yet to be resolved. By Joachim F. Tornau more ...

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“Employees want democracy in the workplace”

Werner Nienhüser, an economist at the University of Duisburg-Essen, discusses the results of his study and the big opportunity for “a co-determination offensive”. more ...

Time as a fair basis for pay

The reasons for basing pay on time include ethical considerations. Those who seek to replace employment contracts with service contracts are flouting this basic principle. By Ulrich Thielemann more ...

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A historic breakthrough

The ETUC is calling for minimum standards for board-level worker participation in all companies established under EU company law. Its unanimously adopted resolution marks the end of a year-long dispute. By Eric Bonse more ...

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Keeping up with data protection

As the digital revolution continues to sweep through the workplace, employee representatives find themselves having to negotiate new company-level agreements or their public-sector equivalents on an almost continual basis. By Joachim F. Tornau more ...

A manifesto for good digital jobs

In its strategy document “Gute Arbeit in Zeiten des digitalen Umbruchs” (Good Jobs in the Age of the Digital Revolution), the service workers employees’ (ver.di) sets out a series of labour policy priorities for the Internet policy dialogue. By Lothar Schröder, member of ver.di´s National Executive Board more ...

Towards a better society

What direction should the trade unions be taking? Industrial sociologists argue that a key feature of many of recent successes is that they were achieved outside the traditional realm of collective bargaining, underpinned by a collective spirit that endows the trade unions with “moral power”. By Gunnar Hinck more ...

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