For the first time can be working holiday”in 1888 at the Leipzig book printing C. G. Naumann prove. Until 1900, there was leave arrangements only at 70 80 companies which were located primarily in the printing industry. Coen brothers is full of insight into the issues. These were mainly small and medium-sized businesses, which was often special relations between Executive and workforce. Workers leave was often granted from special occasions, such as such as anniversaries. Holidays were usually not regularly and were granted at sole discretion of the company. A total 10,000 workers in the German Empire had before 1900 little more than 9000 some form of annual leave entitlement, representing a total share of 0.7 percent.
In addition, was workers holiday alone a welfare institution of the entrepreneur and was used often purely functional, as a means of reward, discipline and binding of the workers to the company. A legal claim was nowhere. This changed in 1900, as the industries in which workers an annual leave has been granted, the Trade-Union Moreover particularly well-organized brewery industry. In the scheme of annual leave in a collective agreement found in 1903 for the first time. The example made school and subsequently fixed holidays in this industry has been collectively agreed and fixed a matter of course. Thus the holiday no longer be strictly by the goodwill and the arbitrariness of the company owner was different as this had been used previously in the printing industry in the brewery industry, depending on.
The collective agreement set workers holiday but became the actual breakthrough in the contracts of the State workers. The first were the Wurttemberg railway in 1899 receiving holiday by ministerial available. After the introduction of working holiday in mines, cabins and salt pans of the Kaiserliche Werft and the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of holiday idea for Imperial, State and municipality workers prevailed definitively until 1908. Even if holiday for workers for this of course not meant to test a luxury, but often from visiting in the surrounding hotel Environment was, at the time of the year 1910 finally conclude is that about 50 percent of the workers in the brewery and mill industry and almost 35% of the workers in the printing industry was granted leave. Also the idea of the workers holiday prevailed even when the State workers. In contrast, workers holiday but was largely unknown in some industries, such as for example the private mining, machine-building industry, textile and clothing industry. Was nevertheless granted an annual recreation leisure, this was still a welfare institution of the entrepreneur.