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Organized Labor Crushed by New Nazi Work Law

January 17, 1934
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The Nazi government today made public a new labor law, which abolished the entire body of labor legislation passed under the former Empire and the German Republic.

The new law dissolves both the powerful labor unions and the equally powerfully employers’ associations and also outlaws strikes and lockouts.

The old system of collective bargaining between employers and employees is replaced by an employers and employees organization based on the supreme authority and personal responsibility of the employer.

The Nazis declare that the new law will make it impossible in the future for either employees unions or employers associations to impose their will upon individual concerns.

Under the new system every employer will be able to fix wages so as to safeguard the profits of his concern.

The law eliminates all the typically social institutions organized under the Republic. The workers’ councils in the factories have been dissolved. The workers will now elect a confidential council from a list submitted by the Nazi factory cell.

The government will also appoint trustees in every district with dictatorial powers. All disputes between employers and employees will be settled by the trustees and their decision is final.

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