50Hertz is not only committed to the freedom of association, collective industrial agreements and the protection of employees’representatives, but also values the trusting and constant cooperation with all codetermination bodies.
The Supervisory Board of 50Hertz comprises six members andis above the equal representation of employee and employer interests as contractually guaranteed by legal requirements. In three supervisory board meetings in 2018, through written reports, and in verbal presentations by the management, the Supervisory Board was updated about and discussed the current status of our business, our economic situation and the status and development of risks. A Spokesmen’s Committee with information and consultation rights represents the interests of our executives.
Our Works Council is responsible for representing all employees who are covered by collective agreements and all non-pay scale employees at 50Hertz. A group-wide exchange takes place in the European Works Council of Elia Group. During joint activities like the Industrial Group Committee of the Electricity Industry and the Work Group of Network Operators, we actively foster employee interests in the infrastructure networks’ sector.
Furthermore, we regularly send guest speakers and lecturers to educational events hosted by IG BCE. In order to support our employees’ union commitment, we offer orientation and information events such as our “Schnupperkurse Mitbestimmung”(trial courses on codetermination). The youth and trainee representation (Jugend- und Auszubildendenvertretung – JAV), which was first established and elected for a two-year term in December 2016, represents the interests of our young employees across the company. JAV works closely with the other codetermination bodies.
A regular exchange of opinions with employees is facilitated through various platforms (see Stakeholder Engagement section) and, in particular, the regularly conducted Employee Survey “Sag es!” (Say it!). The last Employee Survey took place in 2017. The results were discussed with staff in workshops in the first quarter of 2018 and specific measures were derived from them.
„Many companies may carry out surveys but they don’t always lead to change. 50Hertz in contrast, aims to implement the changes and improvements suggested by the employees. Improving communication throughout the company is a broad-based initiative.“
Julia Persitzsky – Head of Learning &
Development at 50Hertz