The Works Committee in HZDR

What is a Works Committee?

  • The Works Committee and the Works Council are the representatives of all employees in a company.
  • The main task is to ensure the abidance of laws, Collective Agreements, and Employment Agreements.
  • The work is founded in the Betriebsverfassungsgesetz.
  • The Works Council is independent.
  • Employees elect the Works Committee.

The Works Committee has to confirm or assist in:

  • Each hire, salary change, or relocation of employees,
  • Each dismissal,
  • Regulation of work and break time,
  • The use of technical devices which can observe the behavior or activities of employees,
  • Arrangement of working places and work flows,
  • Questions about salaries in a company,
  • Organizing trainings in a company,
  • Regulation of social-compensation plan

The Works Council has to apply for measures to the employer, which serve the company and the employees, receives suggestions from the employees, and, when disputes arise, works towards a settlement through negotiations with the employer. The Works Committee also promotes the hiring and integration of persons with disabilities.

General Works Council

If there is more than one Works Committee in a company, a General Works Council has to be set up. It is responsible for matters of all locations of a company, which can not be handled by local Works Committees. Since 2014, in HZDR there is one Works Committee in Rossendorf and one in Freiberg. Dr. Anke Richter was elected as the chairwoman of our General Works Council.

Contact HZDR

Dr. Anke Richter
Manuela Grübner
Tel.: 0351 / 260 3039 or 2426
Tel.: 0351 / 260 3689

Contact HIF

Dr. Sabine Kutschke Tel.: 0351 / 260 2151 or 4421
Tel.: 0351 / 260 4437