Labour participation and representation in foreign owned firms in Germany:
Labour participation, interest representation, interest regulation and employee relations
Prof. Dr. Christoph Dörrenbächer / Prof. Heinz-Josef Tüselmann
Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Heinz-Rudolf Meißner
Dr. Qi Cao
01.07.2014 - 30.06.2016
Funding Body / Own Project
Subsidiaries of foreign owned enterprises make a major contribution to the German economy. They account for one fourth of total turnover of all companies in Germany and employ around 3 million people. Currently, 12% of all German employees work in foreign owned subsidiaries. Despite the importance of foreign owned subsidiaries for the German economy, there has been little systematic research on labour participation and representation in foreign owned firms in Germany. Thus, the aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the structures and practices of labour participation and representation in foreign owned firms in Germany.
The study includes a large-scale representative telephone survey of foreign owned firms in Germany across all industries, countries-of-origin and firm sizes. This entails an investigation into all important aspects of direct and collective employee relations. The survey aims to provide detailed and statistically robust insights into the German system of labour participation and representation in foreign owned firms in Germany.
The study also includes an in-depth investigation of labour participation practices of foreign owned firms in Germany. On the basis of 20 selected case studies, issues to be investigated include: What are the specific problems that arise in this area? How are these resolved and regulated? What strategies do the firm level actors pursue?