Jobs for everyone? The role of the German Trade Union Confederation in the conflicts about unemployment and poverty, 1972-1998

PhD Project
Funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation
The transformation of the working environment since the 1970s had a direct impact on the social structure in West Germany, e.g. rising unemployment, stagnant wage development and growing social inequalities. The contemporary name of New Poverty expressed this development and became a political keyword. The public call of social injustices requires, in addition to the political pressure to act for solutions, the social representation of interests to deal with these challenges and to point out possible limitations. Thus, the study examines the change in trade union positioning based on the umbrella organization to the social consequences of poverty and unemployment over the caesura of 1989/1990 through to the transformation period of unified Germany. The internal discussions as well as the medial discourse within trade union publications serve in a contrasting manner as a reflection of the conflicts at that time, which should be evaluated in terms of discourse as well as social history. It is necessary to determine which problem-solving strategies were used, whether they influenced each other and how they corresponded with the political framework conditions.

Katharina Täufert

Leibniz-Center for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 0.19

Phone: 0331/28991-35
Fax: 0331/28991-40
E-Mail: taeufert [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung

Jobs for everyone? The role of the German Trade Union Confederation in the conflicts about unemployment and poverty, 1972-1998

PhD Project
Funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation
The transformation of the working environment since the 1970s had a direct impact on the social structure in West Germany, e.g. rising unemployment, stagnant wage development and growing social inequalities. The contemporary name of New Poverty expressed this development and became a political keyword. The public call of social injustices requires, in addition to the political pressure to act for solutions, the social representation of interests to deal with these challenges and to point out possible limitations. Thus, the study examines the change in trade union positioning based on the umbrella organization to the social consequences of poverty and unemployment over the caesura of 1989/1990 through to the transformation period of unified Germany. The internal discussions as well as the medial discourse within trade union publications serve in a contrasting manner as a reflection of the conflicts at that time, which should be evaluated in terms of discourse as well as social history. It is necessary to determine which problem-solving strategies were used, whether they influenced each other and how they corresponded with the political framework conditions.

Katharina Täufert

Leibniz-Center for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 0.19

Phone: 0331/28991-35
Fax: 0331/28991-40
E-Mail: taeufert [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung