Termination NV Stage

The main board of the GDBA and the board of the BFFS have decided to terminate our collective agreement NV Bühne as of December 31.

Here we have compiled FAQs with a few important answers for you, which we update regularly.


Terminating collective agreements is normal for trade unions; it has something to do with the so-called "peace obligation". Trade unions are only allowed to strike to enforce their demands once the collective agreement has been terminated. 

However, the dismissal does not automatically mean that we are calling for strikes. First of all, we will continue our efforts to achieve the necessary improvements through negotiations. The dismissal is a sign that we must now join forces to tackle the necessary reforms of the NV Bühne and implement them effectively. 

We could only cancel the entire contract because there are no individual terms.

Nothing at first, because all rules continue to apply automatically "until a new agreement has been reached", according to the Collective Bargaining Act. This is called "subsequent effect".

Yes, we agreed this with the German Stage Association back in March.

After January 1, 2025 (termination of NV Bühne), the theaters could present new contracts with worse conditions when moving to a new theater and for newcomers to the profession. (e.g. less money, less vacation, no pay rises).

However, due to the principles of uniformity of employment relationships in the public sector established by the Federal Labor Court, the new contracts may not deviate significantly from the old regulations. The German Stage Association has recommended that its members nevertheless continue to apply the rules of the NV Bühne.

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In principle, the collective agreement only applies to union members. In the past, however, the theaters have applied the collective agreement to everyone.

In any case, it is important that all "unorganized" employees become members of a trade union in order to enforce our demands. 

Even if it cannot be ruled out that non-union members could be presented with other contracts, we see no cause for concern here for the time being.

All the more reason why we need even more members right now to force through our demands. If you want a better NV stage with a non-extension right without arbitrariness and regulated working hours for more relief and predictability, as well as many other reforms, you should no longer ride the treadmill but become a member of a trade union.

For chairpersons and deputies, the non-renewal protection continues to apply as normal, even if the NV Bühne has been terminated.

Theatres that do not have a local association should establish one before 31. 12. 2024.

In principle, there is no time limit here. However, the continuation of the NV Bühne is also in the interests of the Bühnenverein. Our aim is to agree on better collective bargaining arrangements as soon as possible.

GDBA membership has grown by 40% since 2021, and this growth helps us in our negotiations, because the more we are, the more seriously we will be taken.

The Bühnenverein only made a move and presented its hours model at short notice once it was aware of the dismissal. The unions therefore feel confirmed that they are on the right track.

With regard to the timetable model, it should be noted that it falls short of the results of the negotiations, which were already considered a consensus in connection with the framework model.

The statement is false, the Bühnenverein refuses to conclude the contract in order to exert pressure. The Bühnenverein always wanted an independent TV guest.

There are only a few rules that can easily be adopted from the NV Bühne to get the TV guest on the road. Only the dynamization of the minimum fee would be omitted.

Employers' associations and trade unions can conclude (collective) agreements that deal with pay and general working conditions. (e.g. salary, vacation, working hours, days off).

There are two collective agreements for artists at theaters that are publicly funded: the TVK (collective agreement for musicians in concert and theater orchestras) and the NV Bühne (standard stage agreement). While the TVK only applies to orchestra musicians, the NV Bühne applies to all other artistic employees with special regulations for soloists, stage technology, choir and dance. 

The NV Bühne has been negotiated and signed by the three trade unions BFFS, GDBA and VdO and, on the employers' side, by the German Stage Association. All theaters that are members of the German Stage Association must apply the NV Bühne. 

The NV Bühne has existed for soloists as "NV Solo" since 1924 and was merged with the contracts for choir, dance and stage technology in 2003 to form the NV Bühne. 

Each individual employment contract must be based on this collective agreement. Only if the conditions are better for the member may the employment contract deviate from the NV Bühne.

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