Lothar Schröder is a self-confident trade unionist and lawyer of Deutsche Telekom at the same time. As Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, he has many details in his head - even those that he does not speak about in public. For example about Marion Schick, personnel manager of the company and his counterpart in collective bargaining.

In just a few weeks Telekom will be blowing its way to the pay round 2014 - and 100, 000 pay employees expect two things in particular from their negotiators: more money in the account and secure jobs. Schröder sets a first fragrance brand: "We are not dealing with a non-performing company, " he says and demands a "decent wage round" from the management (PDF link).

In fact, before the beginning of the Tarifpokers everything looks as if the negotiations in 2014 as a bargaining round of quiet tones in the company's history could go down. That was not always so. Two years ago, a last-minute strike was averted through mediation. In 2007, several weeks of strike broke out due to the spectacular spin-off of 50, 000 employees in service companies.

It is remarkable, notes Schröder, how calm it is in the run-up to the upcoming collective bargaining round. The usual rituals, the fight and provocation are completely missing. Above all, the management holds with estimates and reviews strikingly back: Is this the new style of HR Board Schick and the new Telekom CEO Tim Höttges? Two years ago, Dest predecessor Thomas Sattelberger had still bundled with the demand for a free round and thus angered the workers.

There is no sign of that today. But the peace could be deceptive. Not only the amount of wage demand of 5.5 percent is - as a telecom spokesman with restraint formulated - "self-confident." Above all, the reorientation of the large customer business T-Systems holds a lot of explosives. When the first numbers of potential job losses leaked out in December, the union quickly responded by saying that employees were threatened with redundancies.

T-Systems opposed this and stated that the job cuts and the restructuring should be made socially compatible "as usual": in addition to the classic instruments such as early retirement, partial retirement and severance payments, this would also include placement in other areas of the Group.

Verdi and T-Systems management are not so far apart. Schröder also knows that the company has to face the changes in the market. "Today, data processing is being conducted on the networks, which is entering the T-Systems business, " he says. Therefore, in the future, the company wants to expand its business with IT platforms and services in the cloud (cloud services). As early as 2017, the new businesses are expected to account for around half of T-Systems' sales (2012: € 10 billion).

However, Schröder fears that the process is running too fast and employees are falling by the wayside. Therefore, from his point of view, an exclusion of operational change notifications is so important. At the end of 2013, these termination protection clauses expired at T-Systems and Telekom Deutschland. Verdi would like to have her extended in the negotiations. But without concessions on wages this will hardly be possible. (Dpa / tc)

  1. The history of telecom
    Rise, crises and scandals. How the Telekom developed from crusty state enterprise to international ITK player.
  2. 2015
    Telekom has extended its sponsorship agreement with FC Bayern München until 2017.
  3. Vectoring instead of fiber
    Telecom is not driving the expansion of the network, as many wish, especially with fiber optics, but also with Vectoring, a technology that is supposed to get more out of the existing copper wires, but also consumes a lot of electricity at the end customer.
  4. All-IP and IPTV
    With the IPTV service Entertain, Telekom is bringing a steadily increasing flow of data to everywhere.
  5. November 2015
    Deutsche Telekom's new twin-core data center in Biere is realizing a highly secure public cloud with its nearby twin.
  6. Connected car
    Connected Cars, in whose development Telekom invests considerably, are connected with each other and always with a (telecoms) cloud.
  7. Smart Home
    With Qivicon, all networked systems in households can be controlled centrally.
  8. Smart City
    The Smart City, which is equipped with sensor and M2M technology, helps drivers to find a parking space.
  9. Innovations are supposed to …
    … finally bring Telekom permanently out of defense. Responsible for this: the head of the P & I division, Thomas Kiessling
  10. Timothy Höttges, …
    … must, among other things, deal with legacy issues from T-Mobile's US market entry. In addition, a large personal bloodletting in several locations is imminent.
  11. New women for the Telekom board:
    Ex-McKinsey consultant Claudia Nemat takes over the EMEA division, ex-university director Marion Schick the personnel management.
  12. Still desert, …
    … soon Germany's largest data center: At Magdeburg Telekom is building new resources for the cloud business
  13. Still telecom boss …
    … and the late Apple CES Steve Jobs celebrate together 20 years of mobile communications, of course with the iPhone
  14. With new applications …
    … like Smart Meters (see picture) or remote health control Telekom tries to bring even more traffic to the mobile networks while selling new devices
  15. To Mobile World 2011 …
    … Telekom presents its first LTE stick.
  16. 2008:
    Misbehaved with consequences - Manfred Balz is the first director of data protection, law and compliance at Telekom.
  17. Anja Feldmann:
    Feldmann has been head of the department for "Intelligent Networks" and "Management of Distributed Systems" at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories since 2006, an affiliated institute of the Technical University of Berlin. She receives the Leibnitz Prize for her Internet 2 concepts.
  18. 2007:
    Friedrichshafen's Lord Mayor Josef Büchelmeier, Ferdinand Tempel, Head of T-City Representative Office and Divisional Board Technology T-Home Friedrich Fuß are pleased about the selection of Friedrichshafen as a T-City.
  19. 2006:
    According to Kai-Uwe Ricke, the former T-Online Manager René Obermann should bring order to the telecom business.
  20. On January 1, 2005 …
    started the truck toll, which T-Systems was instrumental in realizing.
  21. From 2002 to 2006 …
    Kai-Uwe Ricke, as a member of the Telekom board, managed the fortunes of the company.
  22. 2000:
    The chic Robert T-Online promotes the IPO of the eponymous telecoms offshoot. For the investors in the end a bankruptcy. In that respect, a bankruptcy vulture would have been the better symbol.
  23. 1998:
    The Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications - today Federal Network Agency - which resides in this building in the Bonner Tulpenallee, starts its work and should cause the Telekom still much trouble.
  24. 1996:
    28.50-DM man (so high was the stock price for private investors) Ron Sommer pulls as CEO the first stock exchange course of the Telekom.
  25. Tim Berners Lee:
    The inventor of the World Wide Web, which began its triumphal procession from the beginning of the 90s and also boosted the business of Telekom with DSL connections.
  26. Launch of the D1 network 1992:
    This chip made it possible to call via D1
  27. Only in 1966 …
    the last local agency was switched to automated operation. The lady from the office died.
  28. 1965:
    Make calls to the USA via the Early Bird satellite.
  29. 1961:
    Gigantic for today's conditions, the first telephone for the A network, which started in 1958, appeared.
  30. 1904 …
    Quante installed the first telephone box in Berlin
  31. 1877 …
    The first telephone, manufactured by Siemens, functioned in Berlin.