Martin Behrens is Programme Director in WSI, Hans-Boeckler-Foundation; Andreas Pekarek is Ph.D. Candidate at Monash University, Australia.
The Political Economy of Work and Employment
To merge or not to merge? The impact of union merger decisions on workers' representation in Germany
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Author(s). Industrial Relations Journal © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Industrial Relations Journal
Volume 43, Issue 6, pages 527–547, November 2012
How to Cite
Behrens, M. and Pekarek, A. (2012), To merge or not to merge? The impact of union merger decisions on workers' representation in Germany. Industrial Relations Journal, 43: 527–547. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2338.2012.00700.x
- Issue published online: 22 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2012
Union mergers have been widely studied in a variety of countries; however, little is known about their impact on union effectiveness. This article draws on in-depth interviews with officials and works councillors from four German unions, as well as on a representative survey of German works councils, to analyse how a union's merger status shapes its effectiveness in three spheres of activity: political lobbying, collective bargaining and establishment-level interest representation. We compare two cases of merger with two cases of continued organisational independence, finding that merger outcomes for individual unions vary considerably across our three union functions.