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Trade Unions
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Trade Unions

In the German Empire in 1914 there were trade unions with social democratic (also called “free”), Christian Catholic, and liberal tendencies, divided according to occupations, and having respectively 2.53, 0.35 and 0.11 million members. These numbers sank rapidly in mid-August 1914 because wage strikes were forbidden, many workers were called up for military service, and unemployment dropped. By 1916 the number of members in the free trade unions had fallen to under a million, and tho…

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Mai, Günther, “Trade Unions”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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