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Source: SPD – Social Democratic Party of Germany

100 years of the Works Constitution Act: a great achievement that has proven itself over many years. The task now is to make the employees into subjects, agents of the transformation. Conti, Tesla and Wirecard are just a few names that currently make it clear that our works constitution and co-determination law need reform. We want to close the gaps and bring economic democracy up to date.

The Works Constitution Act was last revised almost 20 years ago. A lot has happened since then. Whether globalization, digitization or structural change: Many employees and companies are facing new challenges. These can only be mastered with more economic democracy. It has to be clear to everyone: There is no getting around a strong participation – at least if you are serious about decent work, climate change and qualification.

The works constitution is primarily about the expansion of the topics subject to co-determination: whether home office, whether location and investment decisions, whether work contracts: the works council needs not only information, but co-decision rights.

Although corporate codetermination has been proven to ensure greater productivity and innovation, more and more companies are trying to bypass it. This practice must be stopped. The Wirecard case in particular has shown what consequences the increasing flight from co-determination can have. On the one hand, we have to correct such developments, but we also have to expand co-determination on the supervisory board in companies with more than 1000 employees according to the coal and steel model, i.e. at full parity.

The world of work 4.0 creates new areas and forms of work. It is therefore all the more important to ensure and expand the comprehensive application of the Works Constitution Act. We need an expanded company and employee term that reflects the new everyday life of employees and ensures codetermination for all employees.

Nobody should be left behind in the transformation of the world of work. The ruling of the Federal Labor Court, which grants employees in the platform economy, under certain conditions, employee status and thus also occupational safety, is an important signal. Social security must no longer be denied to crowd and clickworkers in the shadow of bogus self-employment. There must be no precarious parallel working world. Our goal therefore remains to anchor the social security obligation here as well. Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil has therefore already presented key points for fair work in the platform economy.

The AfA welcomes this important advance as well as, for example, the new regulations in the meat industry as part of a strategy to reduce precarious employment. We want to anchor the topic of “work” as the core of the social democratic brand when developing the SPD’s government program for the federal election.


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