Changing work and employment relations in the German public sector – erosion of a role model

Kendra Briken, Karin Gottschall, Sylvia Hils, Bernhard Kittel

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Abstract

Over the past years, the state has increasingly abandoned its role as ‘model employer’ which had emerged in the ‘golden age of the welfare state’. Triggered by efficiency-oriented re-regulation and political decentralization, labour and employment conditions in the Ger-man public sector are increasingly converging towards the private sector. This is accompa-nied by a fragmentation of the employment structure in the public services that goes beyond the traditional segmentation into two status groups. At the same time, the formerly coopera-tive and consensual labour relations are becoming more heterogeneous and conflictual. In this process, the article argues, labour unions and professional associations – as political actors – are changing their political strategies regarding labour and employment relations and try to occupy new territories on the company, political and public level.
Translated title of the contributionChanging work and employment relations in the German public sector – erosion of a role model
LanguageGerman
Pages123-148
Number of pages26
JournalZeitschrift für Sozialreform
Volume60
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Employment relations
Work relations
Public sector
Role model
Erosion
Labor relations
Employers
Labor
Decentralization
Employment structure
Fragmentation
Labor unions
Segmentation
Welfare state
Political strategy
Professional associations
Private sector
Employment conditions
Public services

Keywords

  • public service unions
  • Germany
  • employment regimes

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