No call for strike from a company e-mail account

The Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) ruled on October 15, 2013 (docket number – 1 ABR 31/12) that employees are not allowed to call for strike via their company e-mail accounts, if the private use of their company e-mail accounts was not allowed. This is good news for German employers who have been burdened with ever further expansions of the right to strike by the labour courts in recent years. The Federal Labour Court argued that inviting employees to strike from a company e-mail account which was established for business use only infringes the employer’s ownership rights.