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The Death of the KPDCommunism and Anti-Communism in West Germany, 1945-1956$
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Patrick Major

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206934.001.0001

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The ‘Battlefield on the Shop-Floor’ Factory Groups, Works Councils, and Trade Unions

The ‘Battlefield on the Shop-Floor’ Factory Groups, Works Councils, and Trade Unions

(p.149) 5 The ‘Battlefield on the Shop-Floor’ Factory Groups, Works Councils, and Trade Unions
The Death of the KPD

Patrick Major

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the success of the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD) in gaining support from the labour class through factory groups, works councils, and trade unions. The KPD enjoyed most political leverage on the shop floor in the works councils from 1945 to 1948, however, this was effectively boxed in Allied legislation. This resulted in the withdrawal of support for KPD works councillors and union officials. In addition to this, the transfer of the high politics of the Cold War to the shop floor consumed the KPD's socio-economic kudos.

Keywords:   Allied legislation, shop floors, factory groups, works councils, trade unions, Cold War

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