1967
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l to r: Fritz Berg (only in blow-up), Karl Schiller, Ludwig Rosenberg, Otto Brenner

l to r: Fritz Berg (only in blow-up), Karl Schiller, Ludwig Rosenberg, Otto Brenner
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Economy

Coal mining in crisis

The government invokes "Concerted Action" to tackle the coal crisis.

Federal Economics Minister Karl Schiller intervenes with regulatory measures in the coal crisis. Government, management and organised labour are to cooperate to avoid strife. The upshot is "Concerted Action", a joint initiative which commences on 13 March 1967.

For a year the parties have been unable to agree on how to handle the crisis. Now the government puts on the screws and a new coal-mining act takes effect from 1968. Schiller's lever: if the two sides of the industry don't come to terms, all state subsidies will be cut.

A joint venture called bulletRuhrkohle AG is set up and eventually offers a way out of the impasse.

The photograph was taken at the fourth multilateral talk on 19 July 1967. The men in the picture are Fritz Berg, President of the German Industrial Employers Association (only visible on the blow-up), Economics Minister Karl Schiller, Ludwig Rosenberg, President of the Federation of German Trade Unions (DGB), and Otto Brenner, head of the Metal Workers Union President.

Dirk Bitzer

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