Germany - Agreement reached for North-western steel industry - September 30, 2010

On 30 September, after eleven hours of negotiations agreement has been reached between IG Metall and the Employers’ Association Steel (AGV Stahl) covering 85,000 workers of the steel industry in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen. In the week before the agreement, IG Metall and the steel workers had underlined their demands with warning strikes, in which about 18,000 steel workers participated. The wage part of the new agreement is valid until 31 October 2011 (14 months) and includes a lump sum payment of Euro 150 for all workers as compensation for September 2010; a wage increase of 3,6% as of 1 October 2010, and a larger percentage increase of the apprentice’s pay of Euro 40. Further, from 1 January 2011 on all temporary agency workers in the steel industry will receive equal pay. If an agency does not pay equal wages, the steel company in question will be liable for the gap in the agency worker’s pay, an arrangement which neutralizes a loophole in German law. The agreement was discussed by the collective bargaining commission in the morning of 30 September with overwhelming approval. The final decision on adoption will be taken on 7 October (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 July-August 2010).

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