Works Council News

Welcome to the intranet page of the works council. Here you will find all the important information about us and how to contact us.

reminder remaining vacation

  • 10 days– from 2021 to 2022 ten days of residual leave (from 2021) may be taken
  • September 30th – remaining vacation days from the previous year must be taken by september 30th of the following year

Leave that was not taken according to this scheme must unfortunately lapse.



Keep in mind

The upcoming works council election will take place in April 2022.

About us

The works council of the Leibniz-IPHT represents the interests of all employees in dealings with the board/management. According to the size of the institute our works council consists of nine representatives, four of them women. The term of office is four years, currently running until spring 2022.

In case of questions or problems please contact us via Email or one of our members directly.

Election Results

Results of the works council election held on April 12, 2018

Voter turnout: 56% (173 valid votes)


  1. Claudia Aichele (111 votes)
  2. Frank Bauer (94 votes)
  3. Anka Schwuchow (85 votes)
  4. Dr. Henrik Schneidewind (83 votes)
  5. Dr. Andreas Wolff (76 votes)
  6. Dr. Tobias Habisreuther (64 votes)
  7. Andreas Nagel (62 votes)
  8. Eliana Cordero Batista (58 votes)
  9. Martin Scheuermann (58 votes)

Next in Line

  1. Manuela Meuters (56 votes)
  2. Dr. Robert Müller (55 votes)
  3. Gabriele Schmidl (53 votes)
  4. Franka Jahn (51 votes)
  5. Dirk Franke (50 votes)
  6. Robert Petzold  (48 votes)
  7. Dr. Christian Mühlig (47 votes)
  8. Uwe Brückner (46 votes)
  9. Stefan Pochert (26 votes)

Claudia Aichele was elected Chairwoman at the constituent meeting of the Works Council; Dr. Henrik Schneidewind as her deputy.

Company Agreements

Slides of the Works Meetings

We continuously address the following topics:

  1. implementation of legal regulations and collective bargaining agreements as well as internal provisions
  2. support at personnel measures
  3. negotiation and conclusion of works agreements
  4. working environment / industrial harmony / mobbing
  5. closing times of the institute
  6. operational changes – support at structural changes, the evaluation by the scientific advisory board, communication with the board to optimize internal processes
  7. promotion of the reconciliation of family and working life as well as equal opportunities

The works council’s work is based on the works constitution act (“BetrVG”).  It regulates the rights and obligations of the works council as the representation of interests of the employees.

General duties of the works council – Extract from § 80 Works Constitution Act

The works council shall have the following general duties:

  1. to see that effect is given to Acts, ordinances, safety regulations, collective agreements and works agreements for the benefit of the employees;
  2. to apply to the employer for measures that serve the establishment and the staff.
    • to promote the implementation of actual equality between women and men, in particular, as regards recruitment, employment, training, further training and additional training and vocational advancement;
    • to promote reconciliation of family and work;
  3.  to receive suggestions from employees and the youth and trainee delegation and, if they are found to be justified, to negotiate with the employer for their implementation; it shall inform the employees concerned of the state of the negotiations and their results;
  4. to promote the integration of persons with severe disabilities including the adoption of integration agreements according to section 166 of Book Nine of the Social Code and of other persons in particular need of assistance;
  5. to prepare and organise the election of a youth and trainee delegation and to collaborate closely with said delegation in promoting the interests of the employees referred to in section 60 (1); it may invite the youth and trainee delegation to make suggestions and to state its view on various matters;
  6. to promote the employment of elderly workers in the establishment;
  7. to promote the integration of foreign workers in the establishment and to further understanding between them and their German colleagues, and to request activities to combat racism and xenophobia in the establishment;
  8. to promote and safeguard employment in the establishment;
  9. to promote health and safety at work and the protection of the environment in the establishment.

Co-determination rights of the works council – Extract from § 87 Works Constitution Act

The works council shall have a right of co-determination in the following matters in so far as they are not prescribed by legislation or collective agreement:

  1. matters relating to the rules of operation of the establishment and the conduct of employees in the establishment;
  2. the commencement and termination of the daily working hours including breaks and the distribution of working hours among the days of the week;
  3. temporary reduction or extension of normal working hours;
  4. the time and place for and the form of payment of remuneration;
  5. the establishment of general principles for leave arrangements and the preparation of the leave schedule as well as fixing the time at which the leave is to be taken by individual employees, if no agreement is reached between the employer and the employees concerned;
  6. the introduction and use of technical devices designed to monitor the behaviour or performance of the employees;
  7. arrangements for the prevention of accidents at work and occupational diseases and for the protection of health on the basis of legislation or safety regulations;
  8. questions related to remuneration arrangements in the establishment, including in particular the establishment of principles of remuneration and the introduction and application of new remuneration methods or modification of existing methods;
  9. the fixing of job and bonus rates and comparable performance-related remuneration including cash coefficients;
  10. principles for suggestion schemes in the establishment;

Representation for Disabled Employees

Es gibt viele Umstände, die von Behinderung betroffenen Menschen ein selbstbestimmtes Leben erschweren. Die Möglichkeit der vollumfänglichen Teilhabe am gesellschaftlichen Leben und am Arbeitsleben ist ein zentrales Anliegen unserer Gesellschaft. Der Gesetzgeber hat in den letzten Jahren ein ganzes Gesetzbuch (SGB IX) zur Umsetzung dieses Zieles geschaffen. Neben dem Ausgleich vorhandener Nachteile steht zunehmend das Thema Prävention im Fokus aller Bemühungen zur umfänglichen Integration behinderter und von Behinderung bedrohter Menschen.

Wohl wissend, dass die Bedürfnisse nach Unterstützung sehr differenziert sein können, kümmert sich von Arbeitnehmer Seite her am Leibniz-IPHT Anka Schwuchow ganz individuell um die Belange unserer Mitarbeiter mit Schwerbehinderung und um jene, die Schwerbehinderten gleichstellt sind.

Das IPHT unterstützt seine Mitarbeiter*innen:

  • Prävention arbeitsbedingter Krankheiten
  • Beratung Arbeitsumfeld und Arbeitsmittel
  • Möglichkeiten für Teilzeit-Modelle
  • Wiedereingliederung nach längerer Krankheit (BEM)
  • Unterstützung bei Gleichstellungsantrag und Beratung bei Antrag auf GdB
  • Zeitschrift „Schwerbehindertenrecht und Inklusion“

Bitte traut Euch und sprecht mich an!
Alle Veränderungen bezüglich Grad der Behinderung bitte zeitnah im Personalbüro melden

Anka Schwuchow
Scientist, SBV
+49 (0) 3641 · 206-255


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