Collective Bargaining Agreement

Change in Work Constitution Act to Increase Employee Representation

Following a legislative reform earlier this year, flight crews’ rights to obtain employee representation through a works council have been improved. While employees from (almost) all fields of work can choose to elect a works council, sec. 117 of the Works Constitution Act formerly provided for an exemption for flight crews. Flight crews were only able to establish an employee representative body if their collective bargaining agreement provided for such representation. Consequently, only flight crews employed by companies bound by collective bargaining agreements were able to elect such a body. As of 1 May 2019, this exemption does not apply …

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Act on Uniformity of Collective Agreements (Tarifeinheitsgesetz) in most parts compatible with the German Constitution (Grundgesetz, GG)

The constitutionality of the Act on Uniformity of Collective Agreements has been a widely debated issue since it came into force in July 2015. Just recently – on 11 July 2017 – the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht, BVerfG) confirmed that the provisions of this Act are compatible with the German Constitution for the most part (docket-numbers: 1 BvR 1571/15, 1 BvR 1477/16, 1 BvR 1043/16, 1 BvR 2883/15, 1 BvR 1588/15). The Act prescribes that in case of a conflict due to several collective bargaining agreements (CBA) being applicable in one operation (Betrieb) the CBA of the trade union …

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