Law on the Patriotic Aid Service

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Basic data
Title: Law on the Patriotic Aid Service
Short title: Auxiliary Service Act (not official)
Type: Imperial Law
Scope: German Empire
Legal matter: Employment Law
Issued on: December 5, 1916
( RGBl. P. 307)
Entry into force on: December 6, 1916
Expiry: December 11, 1918
(§ 20 sentence 2)
Weblink: Text of the law (PDF; 37 kB)
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The law on patriotic auxiliary service , also known colloquially as the auxiliary service law , was initiated during the First World War by the German Supreme Army Command as part of the Hindenburg program . It should mobilize forces for war and counteract the revolutionary movement. The law came into force on December 6, 1916 ( RGBl. P. 1333).

According to this law, all men between the ages of 17 and 60 who had not been drafted into the army or who had not worked in an agricultural or forestry company before 1916 were obliged to work in the armaments industry or in a war-important company. The free choice of job was abolished by the statutory work obligation. This should also prevent political activity. A concession to the trade unions were the permanent workers' committees required by Section 11, which had to be set up in all companies with at least 50 workers. In his extensive study on the “history of industrial co-determination in Germany” , the historian Hans Jürgen Teuteberg assessed the provision for the formation of statutory employee representatives as the “end of one-sided factory rule”.

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Individual proof

  1. ^ Hans Jürgen Teuteberg: The industrial co-determination in Germany. Origin and development of their forerunners in thought and in reality in the 19th century . Mohr (Paul Siebeck), Tübingen 1961.