Co-determination rights play a key role with respect to digital transformation. We want to create the working world of the future alongside employee representatives and unions – with an eye toward the needs of our workforce and the success of our company. We negotiated and adopted over 150 agreements in 2018 through constructive dialog with our works councils. Two key transformation projects we conducted in 2018 in close coordination with the works councils were the organizational measures “Technology & Innovation 2018” and “T-Systems Transformation”. In addition, 85 collective agreements were concluded with the union ver.di in 2018. Apart from the collective bargaining agreements, the focus in 2018 was on concluding arrangements on harmonizing the Group’s remuneration systems as far as possible. Collective bargaining plays an important role and has a long tradition at our company, a fact made clear by the percentage of employees covered by collective agreements. As of December 31, 2017, some 71 percent of employees in Germany were covered by collective agreements.
Constructive dialog with T-Mobile USA
As the underlying laws and contracts vary from country to country, codetermination matters with trade unions and employee representatives are managed locally. Group management is involved in all major issues as a matter of principle. You can find information on the U.S. operating segment in the 2018 annual report.