Hands off the right to strike!
We consider the freedom of association and the right to strike our fundamental rights. Workers freely associating and undertaking industrial action are necessary elements of a civil society. Therefore, we oppose any attempt to restrict the freedom of association or the right to strike, for example through our campaign "Finger weg vom Streikrecht" (hands off the right to strike). We are also committed to trade union freedom worldwide.
Social rights instead of social peace
The German labour laws are particularly restrictive. This is due to laws unchallenged since the Nazi era, but also to the fact that the DGB (Germany's main union) is following a policy of appeasement. Through the construct "Tariffähigkeit" (case law which defines what unions can enter collective bargaining and take collective action) self-organized workplace struggles are made very difficult. However, there is a small minority of legal experts who advocate more freedom of association.
The power of facts
We are trying to expand the space for self-organized workers' struggles inside and outside of the FAU. We do not shy away from legal action. But for the most part, it is important to strengthen our presence in the workplace and to undertake successful workers' struggles ourselves. For it is through the struggles that we can change the rules of the game, assert our labor rights and push forward.