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What are the legal conditions imposed on the FAU Berlin?

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.

Stronger together

Click here to get to the FAU Berlin's English membership formThe FAU Berlin is an independent grassroots union. It is part of the German Free Workers' Union (FAU) federation. Join us, take part, get active.


Intro and advice
Introductory seminar: FAU – How does it work? Every 1st Friday of the month, 7 pm.
Open FAU office: Every Friday, 5–8 pm.
Labour rights help desk: Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 5–6 pm. Please write in advance to
Tenant rights help desk: Every 4th Monday of the month, 6–7 pm. In cooperation with the lawyer Carola Handwerg.
Advice regarding sexism at the workplace: Every 1st Friday, 6–7pm. Advice for those who are affected by gender-based discrimination at the workplace or the german Jobcenter. Please write in advance to .
Advice for worker and business collectives: See the advice page (german) of the union coop // federation.
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