Corporate Responsibility

Industrial relations

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Deutsche Telekom maintains a close, intensive dialogue with employee representatives throughout the Group and close cooperation with committees of employee representatives.

The implementation of various measures and projects is not possible without the active cooperation of the employees' elected representatives.

Freedom of association and co-determination
In the Group Policy on Employee Relations (pdf, 220.8 KB), Deutsche Telekom commits itself to "mutual respect and collaboration based on trust." We respect and acknowledge the right to freedom of association and to collective action within the framework of national legislation, agreements and customs. A self-commitment to respect freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining is also part of our Social Charter (pdf, 1.1 MB).

European Works Council
Deutsche Telekom maintains an intensive exchange with employee representatives at subsidiaries and associated companies in EU Member States within the framework of the European Works Council (EWC). The EWC currently consists of 32 members. It has established itself as an important dialog partner of Deutsche Telekom for many years and it represents the interests of employees of Deutsche Telekom Group within the EU countries. Due to an increased amount of transnational measures within the last years, Deutsche Telekom and the EWC agreed in 2015 upon a trial period in which a new and more efficient information and consultation process for EWC involvement is currently been tested. As part of the trial period working groups have been established in order to prepare complex topics for EWC Board and Plenary meetings. It is also new to convene in Telepresence meetings on a monthly basis and to be able to start the information process of the EWC in a written form at any given time. The trial period has been evaluated several times in 2015. Since it was judged as positive, it has been extended until mid 2016. Goal is to reach a final agreement for the cooperation between Deutsche Telekom and EWC until mid 2016. Findings and results from the trial period shall be incorporated in this agreement.

Sectoral Social Dialogue
At European level, Deutsche Telekom has been an active member of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Telecommunications for several years, which was a product of the joint Telecommunications Committee established in 1990 and is supported by the European Commission. The committee hosts regular dialogues between employers' representatives from ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association) and employees' representatives from the umbrella union UNI Europe on economic and social developments in the ICT sector.

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