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 contribution||Changing work and employment relations in the German public sector – erosion of a role model|
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Zeitschrift für Sozialreform|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- public service unions
- employment regimes