This is a link to an article on EIRO – outlining the details of a regional agreements in the 2010 bargaining round in Germanys Metalworking and Electrical Industry.
“The bargaining parties in the German metalworking and electrical industry have settled collective agreement packages that focus on safeguarding employment and on training rather than pay increases. The packages provide for collectively agreed short-time working and provide for a new scheme of ‘training leave’. Agreements reached in Baden-Württemberg and North-Rhine Westphalia in February 2010 served as pilot agreements for all other bargaining regions”
A detailed synopsis of German Industrial Relations can be found here.