In 1976, Germany introduced a law regulating the participation of workers and their trade unions in big German companies. In 2006, John Monks, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, congratulated his German colleagues on 30 years of successful "Mitbestimmung".
The word "co-determination", or "Mitbestimmung" in German, is commonly heard outside Germany but its actual meaning is often unclear. The collection of texts aims to provide a basic explanation of what co-determination is all about, how it works in practice and what it means to the Germans.
Selection of articles that have recently appeared in Mitbestimmung, the monthly magazine of the Hans Boeckler Foundation. The articles cover employee related issues across Europe and industrial relations developments in Germany. more...
Every two weeks, the Hans Boeckler Foundation's information service provides you with concise analyses and reports on labour, economic and social issues. Written for people who are short of time, it evaluates scientific sources and sound opinions. Selected articles about co-determination. Böckler Impuls: English Version
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Beijing and Hans-Böckler-Stiftung extend special thanks to Prof. Dr. Li Hanlin, Director, National Institute for Social Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and his team for having made the utmost out of their joint funding of the Research Project "Participation and Co-Determination in Chinese Enterprises". The foundations' motivation to develop and accomplish this project together with CASS was the growing interest in understanding more about the different kinds of communication between management and workforce within different types of chinese enterprises.
It goes without saying, that the meaning of terms like Co-Determination or Participation obviously differ to a high degree because of the tremendous differences between the Chinese and German Industrial Relations System. Nevertheless, we hope, that for the one (scholars) or the other (member of a supervisory board, works councillor, union official) it might be of interest to learn more about these issues in China resp. how a Chinese research team delivers these important findings.
Eine umfassende Übersicht zu den Themen Armut, Verteilung und Gerechtigkeit