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Chronology of the BDA
- 26. November 2020
- Juli 2016
At the instigation of the BDA and the DGB, the Federal Government is making it easier to receive short-time working benefits in order to mitigate the effects of the crisis following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and to save jobs. The social partners make a major contribution to overcoming the most severe financial and economic crisis in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder announces the Agenda 2010 in a government declaration. The reforms in social systems and the flexibilisation of the labour market have played a major role in the increase in employment.
7.12.1998 bis 03.03.2003
Numerous agreements within the framework of the Alliance for Jobs, Training and Competitiveness talks, top-level talks with the Federal Chancellor and other representatives of the Federal Government, employers’ associations and trade unions. Joint declaration by BDA and DGB on the occasion of the 2nd top-level talks on 6.7.1999
For the first time, the BDA is awarding the Employers’ Prize for Education, which is presented annually as part of the German Employers’ Day, to honour special achievements in educational institutions
In the metal and printing industries, the longest and toughest industrial disputes in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany lead to a flexibilisation of working time regulations and a standard working time of 38.5 hours per week in arbitration.
Warning strikes, focal strikes and defensive lockouts in the metal industry of North Württemberg/North Baden and in the printing and publishing industry against rationalisation and the use of computers in the production process.
Termination of the German Trade Union Confederation’s participation in the Concerted Action in response to the filing of a constitutional complaint by the employers against the law on parity co-determination on 29 June 1977.
- 14.02.1967 - 05.07.1977
The federation of employers’ associations in all branches of industry is renamed the “Confederation of German Employers’ Associations”, with its headquarters in Wiesbaden, and from 1951 in Cologne.
Constituent meeting of the socio-political working group of the employers’ associations of the unified economic area with its headquarters in Wiesbaden by representatives of 23 professional and 8 interprofessional employers’ associations, renamed “Federation of Employers’ Associations” in October 1949.
- 1932 - 1933
- 1924 - 1931
15.11.1918 - Januar 1924
“Arbeitsgemeinschaft der industriellen und gewerblichen Arbeitgeber und Arbeitnehmer Deutschlands” (Central Association of Industrial and Commercial Employers and Employees in Germany), commitment of the leading associations of employers and employees to unrestricted freedom of association, dissolution after denunciation by the trade unions in January 1924
Law on the patriotic auxiliary service (auxiliary service law), in which the economic associations of employers and employees are expressly recognised by the state for the first time and in which the path to employee co-determination and the expansion of trade union influence is taken for the first time through the establishment of compulsory workers’ and employees’ committees in the companies.
- 17.01. - 11.04.1904
Foundation of the “Gesamtverband Deutscher Metallindustrieller” (General Association of German Metal Industrialists), with further associations being founded in the following years,
Foundation of the General Commission of the Free Trade Unions of Germany as an umbrella organization of socialist-oriented trade unions (Chairman until 1919 Carl Legien).
Foundation of the Deutscher Buchdruckerverein as the first and oldest employers’ association. In the previous year, most German trade unions were formed, and the General German Workers’ Congress in Berlin decided to found the Association of German Workers. Already on 23 May 1863 there was the constituent assembly of the General German Workers’ Association
Former presidents of the BDA
- 2013 - 2020
- 1996 - 2013
- 1986 - 1996
- 1978 - 1986
- 1973 - 1977
- 1969 - 1973
- 1964 - 1969
- 1954 - 1964
- 1949 - 1954