Fisher, Paul / Works councils in Germany
Council - community relations, p. 42 PDF (267.7 KB)
- 42 - COUNCIL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS This investigation could unearth no evidence of any efforts by the works council to enter into relations with the community. There is no room for any extra-curricular activities in the way the works council thinks of its mission. The area of legitimate works council activities is circumscribed by law. Although the law may not have intended this list to be exhaustive, practice and tradition have seen in it a maximum of permissible action. To transgress this area is, unconsciously at least, considered a breach of the law. The strict compartmentalization of institutional activities has limited the works council's legitimate sphere of operation to the plant. It does not provide for participation in the wider area of the community. As a consequence, no such actions take place. The only cases in which an extension of works council activities could be noted were a few collections for victims of industrial accidents in neighboring plants as an expression of workers solidarity.
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