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Fisher, Paul / Works councils in Germany
([1951])

Council - community relations,   p. 42 PDF (267.7 KB)


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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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