27 september 1997
On 21 August 1997, Deutsche Telekom AG and the German posts and telecommunication trade union, Deutsche Postgewerkschaft (DPG), concluded a collective agreement concerning the environment. The agreement, whose duration is unlimited, will come into force on 1 January 1998. It is the first such agreement for a large company in Germany.
27 augustus 1997
On 12 August 2997, the Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) served notice on the Berlin Senate, the Berlin city and the state government, to drop the practice whereby public sector contracts for projects such as road-building are only given to companies which declare that they pay wages according to the collectively agreed rates in Berlin (a practice known as Tariftreueerklärung). These pay levels are higher than market rates and the minimum wages established for the construction sector. The Federal Cartel Office - whose tasks include enforcing the ban on cartels, exercising merger control and control of abusive practices, if the restrictive effect on competition extends beyond the territory of one federal state - declared that this practice infringes the anti-discrimination provisions of the German cartel law.
27 juli 1997
In July 1997, the German subsidiary of the US-based computer manufacturer Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) struck a new company collective agreement with the metalworkers' trade union Industriegewerkschaft Metall (IG Metall), and a new works agreement with the DEC works council. The company agreement provides for the application of the sectoral collective wage agreements of the Bavarian metalworking industry, including the provisions regarding the pay structure and the grading system, to all 2,700 DEC employees. Furthermore, the agreement is the first in the metalworking to abolish the distinction between white-collar and blue-collar workers. All employees at DEC are to be allocated to the different pay groups by 1 January 1999. The works agreement foresees the introduction of performance-related pay for all employees working in the sales department. Both agreements contain a status quo clause  (Besitzstandsklausel).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/status-quo-clause
27 juli 1997
On 15 July 1997, the collective bargaining parties in the east German construction industry, the construction union IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU) and the two employers' associations, Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie (HDB) and Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes (ZDB), signed an agreement which covers 360,000 employees and includes the following:
27 juli 1997
The German system of labour courts  is a system of jurisdiction for hearing disputes under labour law. Whether a case is dealt with by the labour courts is determined by the Labour Courts Act (Arbeitsgerichtsgesetz). It is a three-tier system, with first-instance Labour Courts, Land Labour Courts and the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/system-of-labour-courts
27 juni 1997
On 21 May 1997, after five bargaining rounds, the miners' trade union Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau und Energie (IGBE), the salaried employees' union Deutsche Angestelltengewerkschaft (DAG) and the Unternehmensverband Ruhrbergbau (UVR) employers' association for the hard-coal mining industry in Northrhine-Westphalia, concluded a pilot agreement which covers roughly 75,000 employees in the Northrhine-Westphalia hard-coal mining industry. The framework for the contents of the agreement was partly set by the "coal compromise" of 13 March 1997 (DE9703104F ).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/miners-revolt-ends-in-corporatist-compromise
27 juni 1997
On 3 March 1997, the Hanover regional branch of the metalworkers' trade union Industriegewerkschaft Metall (IG Metall) and the management of PPS Personal-, Produktions- und Servicegesellschaft mbH, Salzgitter, concluded a company agreement on partial retirement - the first such agreement in the metalworking industry. Negotiations between IG Metall and the metalworking employers' association Gesamtverband der metallindustriellen Arbeitgeberverbände (Gesamtmetall), first about industry-wide and later about regional collective agreements on partial retirement, reached an impasse in June 1997. Although the agreement at PPS was signed in March, reliable information has only recently been publicised.
27 juni 1997
In the first ballot for the chair of the federal executive committee of the teachers' trade union, Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW), held among congress delegates on 26 May 1997, Dieter Wunder, chair since 1981, surprisingly and unexpectedly failed to reach the necessary absolute majority, although no rival candidate had been nominated. Mr Wunder subsequently stood down as a candidate for the second ballot. It was the first time that a trade union affiliated to the German Trade Union Federation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) had rejected the re-election of its chair in such a way. After the results of the first ballot became public, the congress was interrupted for several hours. During the previous months, there had been considerable and controversial internal discussions on the relationship between the federal executive committee and the executive committees of regional GEW branches, as well as on leadership, trade union ideologies and GEW strategies. Many delegates asserted that they wanted to teach Mr Wunder a lesson, though it was not their intention to vote him out.
27 mei 1997
On 22 May 1997, a new employment alliance for eastern Germany was concluded between the German Federal Government, the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), the German Salaried Employees' Union (DAG), the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), the Confederation of German Industries (BDI), the German Association of Chambers of Commerce (DIHT), the Central Association of German Crafts (ZDH) and the Associations of the Credit Institutions (Kreditgewerbe). Its primary objectives are to: speed up the transformation process of the eastern German economy; boost growth; reduce unit labour costs; stabilise employment in 1997 at the level of 1996; and create 100,000 new jobs in each of the following years.
27 mei 1997
Presenting its 1996 results on 6 May 1997, Deutz AG, the German machinery and tractor maker which almost collapsed last year, also publicised information on the employees' contribution to its 1996 rescue package. The group is undergoing a radical restructuring after a crisis last year, caused by big losses on cement plants in Saudi Arabia. The deal was struck in May/June 1996 between management and the group works council  and included the following:  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/group-works-council-0