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M. Sc. Marko Hennhöfer

Chairperson of the Staff Council

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Structure of the Staff Council

The staff council is composed of members of the three groups of employees, which are the scientific-/ non-scientific staff and the civil servants. Next to the staff council there are the youth and apprentice representatives who are contact persons for the specific issues related to those groups of employees. There is also a close collaboration with the representative for disabled employees and the equal opportunities officer.

Tasks of the Staff Council

The members of the staff council are the democratically elected representatives of the employees of the Technische Universität Ilmenau. There are two exceptions, namely, the Professors and student employees who are not represented by the staff council. The council’s areas of responsibility are the observation of the compliance with laws, labor agreements, and other regulations, the creation of agreements related to working conditions and social issues and the representation of the interests of individual employees. The basis for the activities of the staff council is the employee representation law of Thuringia (ThürPersVG).

The regular mandate of the staff council is four years. The current period ends on May 31, 2014. The elections for the staff council will take place between March and May 2014.
The staff council currently consists of 13 members from the different groups of employees.

  • Group of academic employees (7 members)
  • Group of the non-academic employees (5 members)
  • Group of the civil servants (1 member)

The competent  perception of the different group’s interests is ensured at its best by the council’s members of that group, as they know the working conditions and the interrelations in this area.

The staff council’s tasks are:

  1. Requesting actions which are beneficial for the University and its members.
  2. Taking care of the compliance with laws, regulations, and labor agreements.
  3. Receiving proposals and complaints of employees. Working towards solutions by negotiations with the superiors in cases where the complaints are justifiable.
  4. The inclusion and the professional development of disabled employees and support for other employees in need of protection, especially older colleagues.
  5. Obeying the equal treatment of female and male employees.
  6. Working closely together with the youth and apprentice representatives to support the interests of the employees mentioned in § 57 (ThürPersVG).

For the protection of interests by the staff council it is distinguished between the right of refusal (Mitbestimmungsrecht) and the right to be heard.The right of refusal applies, e.g., for relocations of employees, disciplinary enquiries against civil servants, suspension of civil servants in case they didn’t apply for it, or for various questions related to holiday regulations.

In several cases the staff council with its right of refusal can only become active if the employee makes a request. This holds for relocations for longer than 6 months or the enforcement of claims for compensation against employees. Scientific employees who are paid at least partially by third-party funds need to apply for the involvement of the staff council in any case (§ 88 ThürPersVG).

The staff council created several legal agreements with the university board, e.g., the agreement for working hours, the agreement for remote or home-work, and others. Furthermore, the framework agreements between the main staff council and the Thuringia Ministry for Education, Science and Culture are valid. Here you can find the currently valid agreements.

The members of the staff council are bound to professional discretion. This means that the staff council is also the contact for delicate issues, such as imminent layoff, emotional pressure, mobbing, addictions, and so on. The members of the staff council are open for faithful conversations and they will intensively try to solve the problems.

The staff council also collaborates closely with the representative for disabled employees and the equal opportunities officer.

Tasks of the Youth and Apprentice Representatives

What are the rights of apprentices? How are the hours in the professional school are taken into account? What can the representatives achieve?

The youth and apprentice representatives obey the interests of the employees who are between 18 and 25 years old. The elections of the representatives take place every two years.

The representatives try to point out the specific concerns of the young employees in the staff council and help to form the opinions there.

The youth and apprentice representatives have the following tasks:

  1. Requesting actions at the staff council which are beneficial for the young employees, especially in terms of apprenticeship.
  2. Taking care of the compliance with laws, regulations, and labor agreements, safety regulations, which are relevant for the young employees.
  3. Receiving proposals and complaints.

 

 

Main Staff Council

The main staff council and the main youth and apprentice representatives are located at the Thuringia Ministry for Education, Science and Culture. Their task is to clarify issues which go beyond the individual institutions.