Euroview - Employment

    August 2010

    Until recently German case law - under the 'principle of uniform collective bargaining agreements' - provided that where there is more than one applicable collective bargaining agreement in a particular business operation, only one of the agreements can apply. Any conflict over which agreement should prevail was usually solved via the 'principle of specialisation' which states that the agreement which is "closest to the business" - operationally, professionally, and personally - supersedes the other agreements.