Trade unions and the "new economy" - opportunities and problems in interest representation:
The transition to a "new economy" is linked with the formation of new forms of work and cooperation, new companies and new types of employment with different mentalities, interests and problems. In this sector the trade unions have not yet made sufficient headway, but are presently making diverse efforts to make adequate offers for representing the interests of employees in the "new economy." These efforts include, for example, collective provisions for telework, consulting and supporting freelancers, setting up union and works council structures in start-up companies or asserting the protective and access rights of "online" employees.