German Labor Unions in Search of a Second Wind

By Brigitte Lestrade

Thirty percent of German employees are unionized. Despite this high percentage, which French labor union leaders would envy, ten years after reunification, the German labor movement is the victim of the same loss of interest as its French counterpart. Although the economic crisis and growing unemployment are the prime causes, other factors are specific to the German situation and especially to the significant lag between East and West Germany.


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