WSI Collective Agreement Archive

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As the principal information centre on trade union policy on collective bargaining, the main task of the WSI Collective Agreement Archive is to track and analyse developments concerning collective agreements.

Besides publishing a monthly status reports on current agreements, the Archive also produces special analysis. The Archive has an internet website providing access to information on specific collective agreements and giving overviews of developments pertaining to collective agreements in all the major sectors. Every year the Archive publishes an annual report on current collective bargaining policy developments and a "Statistical Pocketbook on Collective Bargaining" with up-to-date informations and many longer time-series.

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WSI Collective Bargaining Report Germany 2015

Collective bargaining in 2015 was characterised by a number of hard-fought industrial disputes. These took place in negotiations to secure a major upgrading of the status and terms of staff in social and childcare services, the conflict at Deutsche Post AG over the company’s attempt to lower agreed pay rates for delivery staff in newly-established regional subsidiaries, and, not least, the dispute between Deutsche Bahn AG and the train drivers’ trade union GDL. Employees at the Berlin university hospital Charité went on strike to secure a collective agreement on staff appraisal. Although the 2015 bargaining round resulted in lower nominal pay increases than the previous year, the very low rate of consumer price inflation led to a real increase in agreed pay of 2.4%.

Collective bargaining report 2015 (pdf)

WSI Collective Bargaining Report Germany 2014

Collective Bargaining Report 2014 (pdf)

Collective Bargaining Report Germany 2013

Collective Bargaining Report 2013 (pdf)

Collective Bargaining Report Germany 2012

Collective Bargaining Report 2012 (pdf)

Collective Bargaining Report Germany 2011

Collective Bargaining Report 2011 (pdf)

Collective bargaining and possibilities for deviations at company level: Germany

This study describes and analyses the process of decentralisation of the German collective bargaining system. After two decades of differentiation and decentralization nearly all important sectoral agreements contain opening clauses which allow for deviation at company level. While at the beginning of this process most unions opposed the employers' claims for more flexibility they changed later on their strategy and tried to use this decentralized bargaining for safeguarding of production sites and jobs at local level and to stabilize the bargaining system. The study examines the development especially in the metal working and the chemical sector.

R. Bispinck/Th. Schulten: Sector-level bargaining and possibilities for deviations at company level: Germany

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