Social Movement Unionism and Social Partnership in Germany: The Case of Hamburg’s Hospitals
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This paper traces the emergence of social movement unionism in Hamburg, Germany, as labor’s channels of influence have broken down and economic pressures have intensified. Trade unionists have responded to the privatization of the municipal hospitals by mobilizing members and building coalitions around issues beyond their members’ immediate interests, including democracy and public service quality. Although the loss of union influence has facilitated social movement unionism, in East Germany economic crisis has had a demobilizing effect.
social movement unionism; Hamburg; social partnership; hospitals
Required Publisher Statement: © Wiley. Final version published as: Greer, I. (2008). Social movement unionism and social partnership in Germany: The case of Hamburg’s hospitals. Industrial Relations, 47(4), 602-624. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2008.00537.xReprinted with permission. All rights reserved.