Unser Forschungsmitglied Neva Löw hat ein Interview mit Romin Khan, Referent für Migrationspolitik von ver.di, zum Thema Gewerkschaften und ihr Umgang mit dem Aufstieg des Rechtspopulismus geführt.
Neva: Trade unionists were highly represented among AfD voters. What are the reasons for this?
Romin: „Particularly white men between the ages of 45 and 65 voted for the AfD and this group is highly represented in labor unions. Except for the trade union Ver.di and the NGG, which has more female than male members, the majority of trade union members in Germany are men. However when looking at the statistics that state that trade union members are particularly inclined to vote for the extreme right, it is important to take into account that the members of the German Civil Service Association are also part of the trade union movement and their branches are especially open towards right-winged rhetoric. The labor organization of the German Police Forces and the teachers unions within the German Civil Service Association are examples. In general labor organizations are not sealed off from society but are part the German society. Solidarity is not automatically part of the ideology of labor union members.“