Employee representation


Staff Council

The Staff Council is elected to represent the interests of employees at our institute. Its rights and the legal basis for its existence are derived from the Personnel Representation Act of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (PersVG MV) and applicable federal laws. 

In particular, the Staff Council has the following general duties (Section 61 PersVG):

  • Applying for measures in the interest of the institution and its employees
  • Ensuring that the applicable laws, directives, collective agreements, operating agreements and administrative instructions in favour of the employees are implemented
  • Receiving suggestions and complaints from employees and, if they appear justified, working towards their resolution with the head of the institution
  • Promoting the integration of foreign employees into the institution and communication between them and the German employees.  

Equal treatment

The Equal Opportunity Commissioner supports the institute in realising the equal treatment of women and men as well as the balance between family, care and career for women and men.

This work is based among other things on the following laws and regulations:

  • Law for the equal treatment of women and men in the public service of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (GlG M-V)
  • Leibniz Association Guideline for Equal Opportunities
  • Implementation agreement for the convention of the Joint Scientific Conference for the equal treatment of women and men in joint research funding – Equal Treatment Implementation Agreement (AV-Glei)

Representative Body for Disabled Employees

The Representative Body for Disabled Employees is elected to represent the interests of severely disabled and equivalent employees (Sections 94–97 of the Social Security Code (SGB) IX). Its responsibilities include promoting the participation of persons with severe disabilities in the working life of the institute and representing their interests (Section 95, Paragraph 1 SGB IX).

It is responsible for the following among other things:

  • Monitoring the implementation of laws, directives, collective agreements, bargaining or operating agreements and administrative instructions in favour of persons with severe disabilities.
  • Applying to the responsible bodies for measures in the interest of persons with severe disabilities.
  • Receiving suggestions and complaints from persons with severe disabilities and, if they appear justified, working towards their resolution through negotiations with the employer.
  • Participating in the introduction and implementation of operational integration management.
  • Assisting employees with the application process for recognition as severely disabled or equivalent (Section 95, Paragraph 1, Sentence 2 SGB IX).

Youth and Trainee Representative

The general responsibilities of a Youth and Trainee Representative encompasses all matters of a social, personnel or economic nature that affect youth and trainees in the operation directly or indirectly (Section 61, Paragraph 1 BPersVG).

This essentially encompasses:

  • Applying for measures that are in the interest of youth and trainees
  • Ensuring compliance with the applicable laws, directives, accident prevention regulations, collective agreements and operating agreements
  • Accepting suggestions from young employees and trainees, and ensuring qualified training
  • Applying for measures to support the integration of youth and trainees of foreign origins
  • Regular participation in meetings of the Staff Council and clarification of matters related to training.