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Workers should, according to the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), should not be cut off from joint representation to supervisors in the home office.
If it is necessary to anchor a digital access right for employee representatives in the planned law on the modernization of works councils, said DGB boss Reiner Hoffmann of the German Press Agency in Berlin. The law is currently being advised in the Social Committee of the Bundestag and is to be decided on Friday in plenary. On this Monday, an expert hearing takes place.
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"After curbing the pandemic, there will be a more likely to give home office," Hoffmann said. "Workers' and workers are also made more difficult through the home office and often purely digital communication with the unions, to ensure effective advocacy," he said. "Therefore, the Operating Record Act must have ensured a digital access right for works councils - this was unfortunately failed."
According to a survey of the auditing and consulting company EY, most employees want to continue working partally in the home office after the pandemic. 38 percent prefer three to four, 36 percent weekly only one to two office working days.
The DGB boss emphasized, trade unions are members organizations and have a right to access and operate. "That must also apply to the digital working world." Companies would have to enable trade unions to dialogue with employees, for example, via operational mail addresses, company intranet and networks and virtual black boards.
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four out of five workers, according to a survey, at least part of their working time in the home office will spend in the future. © Uwe Answach / DPA A woman works in her apartment in front of a computer at a bar table. (Symbol image) In one of the German press agency's collection of auditing and consulting company EY, 81 percent of all respondents said they did not want to work on all weekdays in the office in the future.
With the planned law, works council elections should be simplified. In order to improve the protection of workers in the establishment of a works council, the protection against dismissal should be improved. Hoffmann criticized: "Although there is also an expansion of protection against termination for the initiators of works council elections, but also that is not far enough." A "adventurous argumentation" of the employer is to warn against abuse here.
The employers' association BDA rejects an extension of the protection against dismissal. Thus, in its opinion on the bill: "Another extent that extraordinary dismissals of election seekers must require the approval of the Labor Court if there is no works council during operation, could motivate a misuse.»
Hoffmann stressed: "If there are trouble in a company and threatening layoffs, it is particularly advantageous if that is a works council that negotiates the next steps with the corporate governance." Before it warn that employees can not be dismissed, which want to establish such a body, tie the rights of workers.
"We would have liked more at one point," he said. «Although the possibilities for simplified election procedures for works councils are to be expanded, but here would have to have been created here the possibility of sanctions, so that companies can not do a slender foot here."
The Question of Who Counts .
When courts consider the prospect of excluding noncitizens from representation, they should bear in mind the country’s past.This is an enormously consequential question. As the late Republican strategist Thomas Hofeller put it in a 2015 report, excluding noncitizens “would be advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic whites.” Urban areas tend to lean Democratic and have a younger, more diverse population, including more immigrants, than rural areas. Those older, whiter rural areas, then, tend to have fewer immigrants and vote Republican.