WACKER works with the employee representatives in a spirit of cooperation and trust. Industrial union membership has always been high among WACKER employees, especially at the German sites. However, employees are under no obligation to inform their employer of any union membership, and the employer is not permitted to ask. We therefore do not know how many union members there are at WACKER. Approximately 90 percent of our employees worldwide work in organizational units comprising employee representation and subject to collective-bargaining regulations.
WACKER employment contracts treat staff based in Germany – regardless of their union membership – as if they were covered by the respective applicable collective-bargaining agreement. WACKER employees at sites outside Germany can also form unions. At non-German sites without (statutory or voluntary) employee representation, HR staff members are the contacts for employee interests.
Wacker Biotech GmbH in Jena, Germany, elected an employee council for the first time in 2011.