One of the most important tasks of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers is to lay the foundations for a good and safe professional life by negotiating collective agreements. These agreements address issues such as working conditions, parental leave and occupational pensions. Collective agreements in Germany are legally binding, which is accepted by the public, and this is not a cause for concern.  [Failed verification] While in the United Kingdom there was (and probably still is) an “she and us” attitude in labour relations, the situation is very different in post-war Germany and in some other northern European countries. In Germany, the spirit of cooperation between the social partners is much greater. For more than 50 years, German workers have been represented by law on boards of directors.  Together, management and workers are considered “social partners.”  Collective agreements can make a big difference to your portfolio. For example, workers who have a collective agreement receive higher benefits when they stay at home with sick children, if they themselves become ill or are unhappy enough to suffer a workplace injury. Their pension is also positively influenced by collective agreements, and the difference can amount to hundreds of thousands of kronor on the day of their working wine trip. Agreements are usually specific to the field. They include the conditions of employment of working office workers, for example. B, in the finance, IT services, construction, metallurgical and data communication sectors.
It is important to determine which collective agreement applies to your position so that you can learn more about your working conditions. There are provisions that are recorded in collective agreements that are not regulated by legislation. These issues include travel expenses, vacation bonuses, extra days off (called “pekkasvapaat”) or sick or maternity leave benefits. Procedures for the application of workers` rights are also defined in collective agreements. It is the union`s responsibility to enforce workers` rights by filing a complaint and, if necessary, pursuing the matter before arbitration.