The proportion of workers in West Germany covered by codetermination has declined from 51% in the mid-nineties to 40% in 2018.
The proportion of East German workers covered by codetermination has declined from 43% in the mid-nineties to 33% in 2018.
The proportion of West German workers in firms with 500+ employees has mildly declined from 94% in the mid-nineties to 85% in 2018.
The proportion of eligible workers covered by codetermination in companies between 51 - 500 employees has decreased from 67% to 53% in West Germany and from 63% to 48% in the East.
Declining codetermination rates in Germany may be a result of the growing service sector.
Codetermination Losing Ground