Christian trade union federation of Germany

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Christian Trade Union Confederation of Germany
founding June 27, 1959
Seat Berlin
purpose Trade union confederation
Chair Adalbert Ewen (CGM)
Members controversial
(see section criticism )

The Christian Trade Union Federation of Germany ( CGB ) is an umbrella organization of 13 professional associations or trade unions . It is the smallest trade union umbrella organization in Germany.


The CGB emerged from “workers' associations” in the early 19th century, which in 1899 at the first Christian trade union congress in Mainz gave rise to the General Association of Christian Trade Unions . In November 1918 (initially together with the liberal trade unions) the German Democratic Trade Union Federation (DDGB) was founded as an umbrella organization, which from 1919 traded under the name DGB ( German Trade Union Federation ). In 1933 the association and its member unions were forcibly dissolved, but new unions and umbrella organizations were founded again soon after 1945. This is how the DGB and the DBB came into being . At first there was no Christian umbrella organization. It was not until 1955 that the Christian workers' unions, which had since been re-established, united to form the “Christian Trade Union Movement in Germany” (CGD). From this movement the Christian Trade Union Federation of Germany (CGB) arose on June 27, 1959 in Mainz.

Federal Chairman is Adalbert Ewen, previously Federal Chairman of the CGM . In 2018 he succeeded his predecessor Matthäus Strebl ( CSU ).

The trade union federation publishes the information newsletter CGB Intern monthly. The CGB Youth organizes young members between 16 and 25 years of age. It has its office in Loerrach .

Member associations

tariff eligible
not subject to tariff

Regional associations

The CGB is divided into thirteen regional associations

Regional association Chairman
Baden-Württemberg Markus Malm
Bavaria Josef Nikl
Berlin-Brandenburg Wolfgang Schneider
Bremen Peter Rudolph
Hamburg Henning Röders *
Hesse Alexander Henf
Lower Saxony Willy Schnieders
North Rhine-Westphalia Ulrich Bösl
Rhineland-Palatinate / Saarland Hans-Rudolf Folz
Saxony-Anhalt Lydia Dreyer
Saxony Christian Hertzog
Schleswig-Holstein Henning Röders
Thuringia Regina Schubert

* State representative

Collective bargaining community for temporary work

In autumn 2002, six CGB member unions joined forces to form the collective bargaining community for Christian unions for temporary work and personnel service agencies (CGZP). Following legal disputes, only CGM , DHV and GöD were merged in the CGZP in 2009 . The collective bargaining capacity of the CGZP, as well as its responsibility for the conclusion of collective agreements for the temporary work sector, has now been clarified: According to the judgment of the Federal Labor Court of December 14, 2010, the CGZP is not subject to collective bargaining. As early as April 1, 2009, at the request of the State of Berlin and the DGB trade union ver.di , the Berlin Labor Court decided that the CGZP was not eligible for tariffs because it lacked the necessary social power.

After six years and more than 6,000 tax audits, the Deutsche Rentenversicherung carried out around two thirds of post-premium payments of around 250 million euros in 2017, which are spread over around 2.5 million jobs

In 2003 it had concluded nationwide collective agreements with three employers' associations . The collective bargaining partners, the Federal Association of German Service Companies (BVD), the Association of North Bavarian Temporary Employment Companies (INZ) and the Mittelstandsvereinigung Zeitarbeit (MVZ) mainly organize medium-sized companies in the temporary employment sector.

After the CGB saw no prospect of survival in a judicial review for its multi-part successor "collective bargaining agreements" either, the CGB and BAP also terminated this alternative on March 31, 2013.


The trade unions of the Christian Trade Union Confederation repeatedly undercut the previous wage structures of the existing collective agreements with their own collective agreements, some of which are criticized as "favoring collective agreements" .

The collective agreement between the blood donation service West of the German Red Cross and the German Trade and Industrial Employees Association (DHV) was heavily criticized. In addition, the SPD and DGB criticized the role of the Christian trade union federation in collective bargaining with the temporary employment agencies. He was accused of being instrumentalized for dumping wages.

The number of members of 280,000 members for the CGB, of over 100,000 members for the CGM and over 80,000 members for the DHV, are strongly questioned by IG Metall . Der Spiegel cites estimates of “possibly” only 27,000 members for the CGM and DHV together. Regardless of whether the membership numbers of the remaining member unions of the CGB are correct, the total number of members organized in the CGB would have to be more than halved from the 280,000 self-specified to a maximum of 127,000. In a report by the ARD magazine Report Mainz on December 10, 2007 it was researched that, for example, a Wuppertal recruitment agency recruited new members for the CGZP , which is part of the CGB. The union membership was part of the employment contract and the union dues were deducted directly from the wages. A collective bargaining agreement with the company in question no longer exists since December 2007.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ [1] LAG Hamburg
  3. Archived copy ( memento of the original from July 15, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Self- assessment by the CGB ( Memento of April 9, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  5. : Temporary work - Federal Labor Court smashes Christian trade union ( Memento from November 3, 2019 in the Internet Archive ) December 14, 2010
  6. ^ Labor Court Berlin, decision of April 1, 2009, 35 BV 17008/08
  7. ^ Tariff eligibility of the collective bargaining community of Christian unions for temporary work and personnel service agencies ( memo of November 3, 2019 in the Internet archive ), ArbG Berlin 35th Chamber, decision of April 1, 2009, file number 35 BV 17008/08, ECLI ECLI: DE: ARBGBE: 2009: 0401.35BV17008.08.0A (full text)
  8. Inability to pay the CGZP - balance sheet after six years of tax audits ( memento from June 19, 2019 in the Internet Archive ) in the e-paper summa summarum of the Deutsche Rentenversicherung , edition 2/2017 of April 27, 2017 (editorial deadline), p . 2–3 (PDF)
  9. sample employment contract BAP (AMP) ( Memento from October 19, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), section description
  10. On the criticism of the CGB collective agreements cf. Panorama from February 22, 2007: [2] and dumping wages - how Christian unions betray workers
  11. Flexibility with Consequences - The Dark Side of Temporary Work , May 7, 2007 (accessed April 8, 2014)
  12. Christian trade unions trick their membership numbers - DER SPIEGEL. In: Der Spiegel (preliminary version from edition /). April 17, 2015, accessed June 9, 2018 .