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date: 23 January 2020

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Referring to the term “conflict partnership” the chapter investigates the way by which German key institutions of employment relations keep work-related conflict within bounds. At the center of this analysis is the duality between industry-level collective bargaining and works councils—the key representative bodies at the plant level. Traditional conflict resolution procedures such as arbitration panels and grievance rights are analyzed as well as recent additions to this system such as anti-discrimination laws. While there is little reason to assume this system has been destabilized during the world financial crisis, the author argues that major challenges come from the long-term process of decentralizing collective bargaining.

Keywords: conflict resolution, Germany, works council, union, arbitration, world financial crisis

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