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 2017

The 2017 collective bargaining round was dominated by negotiations over pay, with an overall average rise in agreed pay of 2.4%. Set against a rising inflation rate of 1.8%, this implied a modest average increase in real pay of 0.6% compared with the previous year, substantially less than in 2016. Given the favourable economic situation, pay claims submitted for 2018 indicate that trade unions will be pressing for a return to more expansive approach. The 2018 bargaining round has also seen the return of the issue of working time organisation to the negotiating agenda.

Collective bargaining report 2017 (pdf)

WSI Collective Bargaining Report Germany 2015

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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