Germany - Court upholds controversial strike-law - August 31, 2017

The federal constitutional court has ruled that a controversial law concerning collective wage agreements is compatible with the constitution. The strike legislation mandates that where there are competing collective wage agreements within one firm, the agreement between the trade union with the largest membership and the employer applies. With this Law, the federal government tries to prevent power struggles between different trade unions in which strikes are called by one subgroup of employees to the detriment of the wider labour force. Small-side unions fear that they will lose power. Nevertheless, in the ruling the court said that the government has also to improve the protection of smaller unions.

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