Trade Union Membership and Works Councils in West Germany

30 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2007

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Laszlo Goerke

University of Trier - Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Markus Pannenberg

University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld - Department of Business and Economics; DIW Berlin - GSOEP; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn

Date Written: February 2007

Abstract

The fraction of works councillors belonging to a trade union in Germany is much higher than union density among employees. If works councils represent the face of unions, union membership of employees should be related positively to the existence of works councils and their proximity to unions. Using data from the German Socio-Economic-Panel SOEP we find that (a) works councillors exhibit a higher probability of being a union member, (b) the mere existence of a works council within an establishment has no impact on union membership and (c) a 10% decrease in the average share of unionised works councillors coincides with a 10% fall in the probability of being a union member. Hence, the decline in the unionisation of works councillors and the fall in union density in West Germany are closely linked.

Keywords: panel data, trade union membership, works councils

JEL Classification: J51, J53

Suggested Citation

Goerke, Laszlo and Pannenberg, Markus, Trade Union Membership and Works Councils in West Germany (February 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2635, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=970217

Laszlo Goerke

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