22 juli 2002
In July 2002, the Collective Agreement Archive (WSI-Tarifarchiv) of the Institute for Economic and Social Research (Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut, WSI) within the Hans-Böckler Foundation published an interim report on the 2002 collective bargaining round (Tarifpolitischer Halbjahresbericht. Eine Zwischenbilanz der Lohn- und Gehaltsrunde 2002, Reinhard Bispinck/WSI-Tarifarchiv, WSI Informationen zur Tarifpolitik, Düsseldorf, July 2002 ).  http://www.boeckler.de/pdf/p_ta_hjb_2002.pdf
09 juli 2002
On 14 June 2002, the German Metalworkers' Union (IG Metall) and the Employers' Association for the Steel Industry (Arbeitgeberverband Stahl) signed a new pay agreement  for the 85,000 or so employees in the west German steel industry, covering the collective bargaining districts of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower-Saxony and Bremen.  http://www.vkl.de/inhalt/download/verhandlungsergebnisstahl.doc
08 juli 2002
On 20 June 2002, the Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) and the German Employers' Association for Insurance Companies (Arbeitgeberverband der Versicherungsunternehmen in Deutschland, AGV) signed a new collective agreement for the 240,000 or so employees in the insurance sector.
08 april 2002
Against the background of relatively moderate pay rises in recent years (DE0201201F ), most German trade unions have called for significant cost increases of between 4% and 6.5% in the 2002 collective bargaining round.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/development-of-pay-and-labour-costs-in-2001-examined
24 marts 2002
The current German federal government is a'red-Green' coalition comprising the Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, SPD) and Alliance 90/The Greens (BÃ¼ndnis 90/Die GrÃ¼nen), which came to power after the last general election in September 1998. In 2001, there were four major regional elections at the level of the federal states which brought mixed results. Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg's ruling coalition government of the Christian Democratic Party (Christlich Demokratische Union, CDU) and Free Democratic Party (Freie Demokratische Partei, FDP) successfully defended its majority. The same was true for the SPD/FDP coalition government in Rhineland Palatinate. In Hamburg and Berlin however, the ruling governments lost their majorities, leading to the creation of new - and rather unusual - coalitions. In Hamburg, a new government was formed by the CDU, FDP and the new Party of Constitutional Offensive (Partei Rechtsstaatliche Offensive), which drew mainly on'law and order' issues and gained more than 19% of the vote. In Berlin, a new government was formed by the SPD and the Party of Democratic Socialism (Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus, PDS).
07 februar 2002
On 25 January 2002, leading representatives of the federal government, trade unions and employers' and business associations met officially for their eighth round of top-level talks, chaired by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, within the national Alliance for Jobs, Training and Competitiveness (Bündnis für Arbeit, Ausbildung und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit ). The Alliance was established in December 1998 as a new permanent tripartite arrangement at national level, involving various issue-related working groups as well as regular top-level talks between the leading representatives of all three parties (DE9812286N ).  http://www.buendnis.de/  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/tripartite-agreement-establishes-national-alliance-for-jobs
15 januar 2002
On 13 December 2001, the IG Metall metalworkers' trade union and the Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) reached an agreement on future collective bargaining arrangements at IBM Deutschland GmbH. The two unions agreed to create a joint collective bargaining committee to negotiate the forthcoming agreements for the 26,000 or so employees at the German subsidiaries of the US-based information technology (IT) multinational.
06 december 2001
On 13 November 2001, the Hamburg regional organisation of the Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinigte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) and the Employers' Association for the Hamburg Retail Sector (Landesverband des Hamburger Einzelhandels, LHE) concluded a new collective agreement  for employees in call centres related to the retail sector. The agreement covers all call centres which form part of LHE member companies, while external call centres also have the option of applying the agreement. The deal is the first collective agreement ever signed in retail call centres.  http://www.verdi-hamburg.de/fachbereiche/fb12/Tarifvertrag Call-Center 01.doc
05 december 2001
On 16 November 2001, the Food and Restaurant Workers' Union (Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten, NGG) and the Employers' Association for the Soft Drinks Industry (Wirtschaftsvereinigung Alkoholfreie Getränkeindustrie, WAFG) concluded new collective agreements for about 18,000 employees in the German soft drinks industry, which includes well-known companies such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola.
13 november 2001
A recent study by the consulting and accounting company Arthur Andersen finds that the income of 'top managers' in Germany has seen significant increases in recent years, to the extent that it has almost reached the levels of equivalent managers in Anglo-Saxon countries. The study analyses the income of board members at 10 leading German multinational companies - see the table below.