This contribution aims at clarifying the role of employer organisations in the collective bargaining system in Germany, First, the collective bargaining system is presented. Second, the concrete situation is framed, hence, the essay refers, on the one hand, to the German employer organisations’ scenario and, on the other hand, to the erosion that the collective negotiation system is undergoing. Indeed, the increasing centrality of employer organisations seems to be caused by the above mentioned erosion. Consequently, the more recent reforms are briefly addressed and attention is paid to the related policy debate. The essay concludes with some brief considerations over future developments.
Keywords: Collective bargaining; Employers’ Associations; Germany.