You remember all that high-headed talk about how collective bargaining would change the face of the world forever, and free the oppressed proletariat from the jackbooted bourgeoisie management class?
Yeah... Imagine my surprise to find out that, lo and behold, vaunted socialism in the land of Marx would've ended up like this:
Recent strikes in Germany prove what many experts have long been warning: Labor unions in the country are fragmenting. Mini-organizations representing specialized employees are making strikes more frequent and more complex than ever.
Revolution is in the air at Lufthansa: Last week's five-day strike by ground staff had hardly ended before 5,000 pilots, organized in the union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), began planning the next work stoppage. They want to see pilots working for Lufthansa affiliates receive pay hikes and are also fighting to create their own works council. A warning strike is planned for sometime in the next few days despite Lufthansa threats of legal action against the union should pilots walk out.