Trade Union Ban

On 2nd May 1933 all trade unions were banned because they were potential sources of opposition to Hitler and the Nazis

  • The Nazis claimed that organisations that protected workers would no longer be needed
  • The German Labour Front (DAF) was set up to replace trade unions. All trade unions were merged together into this one organisation
  • Wage levels were decided by the DAF
  • Workers were given record books to keep track of their employment history
  • Strikes were banned and anyone who did attempt strike action would be sent to a concentration camp. At this early point they were newly created as prisons to keep political opponents in, with a view to re-educating them in the Nazi way of thinking
  • The first concentration camp was opened at Dachau in March 1933