Collective bargaining agreements
In Germany, there are numerous legal provisions which establish
a general framework for wages and salaries, as well as for other
terms and conditions of employment. The detailed terms and
conditions (e. G. The amount of wages and salaries and their
constituent elements, working hours, notice periods, holidays,
and non-mandatory social insurance payments made on the em-
ployees’ behalf) are generally agreed in the course of collective
negotiations between the trade unions (Gewerkschaften) and
the employers’ associations (Arbeitgeberverbände).
The individual trade union enters into collective bargaining
agreements (Tarifverträge) through collective bargaining with the
employer or employers’ association either at the national, region-
al or local level, or at the company or industry sector level.