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Collective-Bargaining Agreements

All the above-mentioned agreements regulate issues such as the conditions and termination of employment contracts, working time, minimum wage, holiday and sickness benefits, etc. As has already been said, these agreements are often supplemented by local collective agreements. Collective agreements in Germany are legally binding, which is accepted by the population and does not worry them. [2] [Failed verification] While in Britain there was (and still is) an attitude of "she and us" in labour relations, the situation is very different in post-war Germany and other northern European countries. Germany has a much broader spirit of cooperation between the social partners. For more than 50 years, German workers have been legally represented on company boards. [3] Together, management and workers are considered "social partners". [4] Collective agreements are signed for certain periods, usually between two and four years. A collective agreement is binding both for the employers` organisation and its members, on the one hand, and for the trade union and its members, on the other. In addition, in practice, if not theoretically, a collective agreement binds non-unionized and unionized workers belonging to unions other than the union that is part of the agreement, provided that (i) the worker works with tasks covered by the contract and (ii) the union to which the worker belongs, he is not bound by another collective agreement with the employer. .

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