02 November 2010 16:35 [Source: ICIS news]
The principle – called 'Tarifeinheit' - stipulates that there is only one collective bargaining deal per plant.
Earlier this year,
Chemical employers and unions said the principle was an “indispensible condition” for a functioning collective bargaining system in
Without the principle, separate specialised unions could disrupt collective bargaining in the chemical and other industries, they said.
An effective and reliable collective bargaining system was critical in securing employment and industrial production in
In fact, “innovative collective bargaining” had played a key role in helping Germany overcome the 2008-2009 financial and economic crisis, they added.
German commentators have said that the labour court’s decision would strengthen smaller professional interest groups and unions - such as doctors, air traffic controllers or train drivers - in their dealings with employers.
The principle was at issue during the 2007-2008 strike actions by German train drivers that hit chemicals shipments. The drivers were pressing their own collective agreement, separate from other rail workers.
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