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The strike vote refers to a vote to which all members of an organization (e.g. political parties , trade unions , associations , student bodies ) are called. It is important to vote on a specific issue, which is usually of particular importance, which is why the result must be based on a broad basis.

Since these organizations (for example trade unions) are often not tied to a specific location , strike votes mostly take place as postal votes , but there are also votes on site.

As a rule, both a certain quorum , i.e. a certain voter turnout, and a qualified majority, e.g. a qualified majority, must be achieved for the final decision to be passed . B. a two-thirds majority of the valid votes.

Statutes and regulations specify how strike ballots can come about and how they should be carried out.

The strike vote is of particular importance in the German right to strike in connection with the questioning of union members as to whether a strike should be initiated, carried out or ended. If at least 75% of union members vote in favor of a strike, then the union can go on strike. When the negotiating parties of the trade unions and the employer have decided on a new collective agreement , at least 25% of the union members must vote in favor of the new collective agreement for it to be actually adopted.

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