My da|ra Login

Detailed view

metadata language: German English

Bochum Works Council Survey

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Müller-Jentsch, Walther (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Malanowski, Norbert (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Seitz, Beate (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Drescher, Ina (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Publication Date
  • ICON, Nuernberg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Work and Industry
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Labour relations/conflict
    • Business/industrial management and organisation
  • Abstract

    Description of company and characterization of the job of the works council from the view of works council members. Topics: 1. general company information: structure of the company (concern affiliation, independence, owner company); company age; existence of quality circles; profit-center organization of company; proportion of trainees and proportion of employees; proportion of skilled workers; individual trade unions represented in the company; degree of trade union organization in the company; union wage agreement binding for the company. 2. technology and work organization: existence of a production area and work areas separated from each other; individual production or mass production in the company; company technologically equiped with NC or CNC machines; organization of the company in teams; characterization of cooperation of company management and teams; co-determination beyond that compulsory or in the wage agreement; judgement on cooperation with company management in technical and organizational changes; judgement on information exchange with company management. 3. working hours: existence of regular overtime at work; pay or time off for overtime; establishing of divergence from core working hours by employees or company management; time period for leisure time compensation; company agreement about model of working hours; employment guarantee with introduction of models of working hours. 4. works council: age of works council in company; number of works council members and proportion of union members; works council chairman and further works council members released from work duties; weekly effort of works council members not released; personnel changes in the works council in recent time; participation of employees in the last works council election; most important topics of the works council in the last few months; technical and personnel equipment of the works council; regular company assemblies at work; existence of economic committee and company internal agreements; type of company internal agreements since last works council election; proceedings before arbitration board or a labor court; reasons for legal conflicts. 5. contacts beyond the company: works council members in industry-wide task forces; use of counseling facilities outside of the company by the works council; regular cooperation with trade unions and type of support received; assessment of the future of industry-wide wage agreement; participation of works council in common initiatives of trade unions and employer associations; assessment of significance of these initiatives. Demography: company size class; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1996-09 / 1996-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Works councils in companies of the machine and facility construction with more than 20 employees
Sampling Procedure Comment: Over-sample stratified random sample (smaller companies unterrepresented)
Collection Mode
  • Mail survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 726
    Number of Variables: 158
A survey of businesses in the same area of business is archived under ZA Study Nos. 2442 to 2445 and 2967/2968.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
All metadata from GESIS DBK are available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. However, GESIS requests that you actively acknowledge and give attribution to all metadata sources, such as the data providers and any data aggregators, including GESIS. For further information see
Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA3101 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Müller-Jentsch, Walther: Ergebnisse einer Betriebsrätebefragung im Maschinenbau 1996. Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften, Mitbestimmung und Organisation, Juni 1997.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Müller-Jentsch, Walther; Malanowski, Norbert; Seitz, Beate; Drescher, Ina (1999): Bochumer Betriebsräte-Befragung. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.