TITLE

Kollektive Interessenvertretung im strategischen Dilemma – Atypisch Beschäftigte und die „dreifache Krise“ der Gewerkschaften

AUTHOR(S)
Holst, Hajo; Aust, Andreas; Pernicka, Susanne
PUB. DATE
April 2008
SOURCE
Zeitschrift für Soziologie;abr2008, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p158
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines the efforts of German trade unions to overcome their current crisis. It focuses on atypical employment and union strategies in three distinct fields: solo-self-employment in further education, temporary agency work, and fixed-term employment in external call centers. It is shown that the current "threefold" crisis – consisting of a loss of legitimacy, a decline of membership, and financial problems – restricts opportunities for strategic renewal by unions. In all three fields, the unions' actions have resulted in a strategic dilemma between long-term goals and short term assertiveness. Unions respond to changes in their "logic of influence" by adapting their strategies. However, they do not take into account the complementary changes in their "logic of membership." Atypical employees have been found to provide a necessary power resource, but they are not regarded as full-fledged members when it comes to the representation of their interests. The strategic dilemma leads to representation problems and threatens to undermine the credibility of the all-encompassing claim of representation on the part of German Unions.
ACCESSION #
31977268

 

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