Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Inside the German Miracle. How trade unions shape the future of industrial working conditions

Gabi Schilling, Achim Vanselow


Low unemployment rates during the crisis and a quick recovery are the main characteristics of the «German miracle». The general role of social partners and in particular the role of trade unions in the affected sectors appear to be undervalued especially in macro-level economic analysis. This article provides an insight into the activities of the metalworkers union (IG Metall) in developing strategies for innovative and sustainable solutions to improve future production and working conditions.

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