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The Works Council - a German Success Story?

Munich, Germany Business April 15 @ 3:41pm

A works council or Betriebsrat is part of the management concept of countless German companies and contributes largely to the smooth functioning of Germany's companies and the internationally-admired "German Model" for business success. On an average of every two years, employee representatives are elected by their colleagues. They get paid time away from their desks and miscellaneous work places to liaise between staff and management on a regular basis. Are works councils all they are made out to be? What are their advantages and disadvantages? How much power do works councils really have? How do they function with relation to unions? How do they influence management decisions? I'd like to write an article that would report on these employee organizations with some concrete examples from the "field" here in the Munich area.
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