Union Campaigns in Germany directed against Inequality: The Minimum Wage Campaign and the Emmely Campaign

  • Jörg Nowak University of Kassel


The article analyses two campaigns in Germany in the context of trade unions that deal with inequality. The minimum wage campaign successfully led to the implementation of a legal minimum wage in Germany. The Emmely campaign reinstated a supermarket cashier who was sacked after a strike, and the federal labour court introduced a slight change of labour law in the wake of the campaign. Both campaigns relied on overwhelming support from the general population.