interventions in the
Making work more equal
wage-setting process. The trade unions exerted considerable influence over the
form taken by the statutory minimum wage that was agreed by the GermanSocialDemocraticParty (SPD) in the coalition talks at the end of 2013. As a
consequence, the parties to collective bargaining are able to exert greater influence over the minimum wage than their counterparts in France or the UK, for
example. The reference points for any proposed increases are to be the collectively agreed wage rises, so that collective bargaining takes
deemed to belong to other nations or, as in the case of
the Jews, to no nation at all. 15 In
this context Luxemburg re-affirmed the significance of Marx's critique of
the Jewish question
at a time when leading Marxists of the GermanSocialDemocraticParty effectively
came to adopt Bruno Bauer's uncritical absorption by the Jewish question. 16 She demonstrated a better
understanding of the dangers antisemitism posed than did orthodox Marxism. Not
’, Socialist History , 32 (2008), 1–17; J. P. Nettl, ‘The GermanSocialDemocraticParty 1890–1914 as a Political Model’, Past and Present , 30 (1965), 65–95.
Patrick Gardiner, The Nature of Historical Explanation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1952), p. 134.
R. H. Tawney, ‘The Choice before the