Virginia Doellgast is at the Department of Management, King’s College London. Ian Greer is at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University and Leeds Business School.
Vertical Disintegration and the Disorganization of German Industrial Relations1
Article first published online: 19 FEB 2007
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 45, Issue 1, pages 55–76, March 2007
How to Cite
Doellgast, V. and Greer, I. (2007), Vertical Disintegration and the Disorganization of German Industrial Relations. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 45: 55–76. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2007.00602.x
- Issue published online: 19 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 19 FEB 2007
- Final version accepted on 9 June 2006.
Drawing on case studies from the telecommunications and auto industries, the authors argue that the vertical disintegration of major German employers is contributing to the disorganization of Germany’s dual system of in-plant and sectoral negotiations. Subcontractors, subsidiaries and temporary agencies often have no collective bargaining institutions or are covered by different firm-level and sectoral agreements. As core employers move jobs to these firms, they introduce new organizational boundaries across the production chain and disrupt traditional bargaining structures. Worker representatives are developing new campaign approaches and using residual power at large firms to establish representation in new firms and sectors, but these have not been successful at rebuilding co-ordinated bargaining.