Towards a Europeanisation of Industrial Relations
Anglo-German Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Hans-Böckler Stiftung
European Union legislation is starting to make a significant impact on industrial relations, and in particular on the crucial three-way relationship between management, employees and trade unions. The establishment of European Works Councils and the creation of information and consultation rights have provided new channels for employees to make their voices heard and to influence decisions about the future direction of their company. In July 2005 some 40 British and German trade unionists – from leaders and senior policymakers to workplace organisers – met in Berlin to discuss these questions, which are central to the future health of trade unions in both countries. Two days of lively and intensive debate focused on how trade unions should respond to these opportunities, especially created by the new information and consultation laws. The discussions of the bilateral conference in Berlin are summarized in this conference report.
November 2005 , published online only
Germany's Economic Performance: From Unification to Euroisation
Jens Hölscher and Rob Hayward
The London conference aimed to deepen the understanding of Germany's economic performance at the turn of the 21th century. The period under observation and analysis stretched from Germany's unification in 1990 over the death of the German Mark to first experiences with the EURO. Particular attention was given to East Germany. The discussions and debates of the bilateral conference in London are summarized in this conference report.
Employment and Social Policies for an Ageing Society
Britain and Germany compared
Academic Convenors: Gerhard Naegele and Alan Walker; Text: Christopher Pick
Hardly a week passes in Germany or in the UK without a newspaper headline referring to the ‘pensions crisis’ or the ‘pensions timebomb’ . Has then the welfare state passed its sell-by date? Can, and should, governments abdicate from one of the core principles of the welfare state, to ensure that their citizens enjoy a reasonably prosperous and comfortable old age? It was to consider these issues – and, more importantly, the complex demographic, economic, social and political realities that lie behind the over-simplified media treatments – that the Anglo–German Foundation brought together a wide range of experts from the UK and Germany. The discussions and debates of the bilateral conference in London are summarized in this conference report.