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What is a works agreement?

A works agreement is an agreement between the works council and the employer. There are therefore no works agreements without a works council. Negotiating works agreements is one of the main tasks of a works council.

Works agreements are binding for the employer and the employees and apply in the same way as laws or collective agreements. However, a works agreement may not infringe higher-ranking rights. These rights include collective agreements, laws, regulations or EU law.

Works agreements can be used to regulate many matters in the company. This applies especially to matters in which the works council has a say. A works agreement can, for example, regulate working time models, occupational health and safety or the use of the internet, e-mails and social media in the company.

In the public sector, the agreements between the agency and the staff council are called “service agreements”.

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