Germany -First agreement in solar energy industry -September 12, 2011

On 1 September, a collective agreement took effect between IG Metall and three subsidiaries of Bosch in the state of Thuringia, making it the first accord in Germany’s solar power industry. The three-year agreement covers 2,500 workers at factories of Bosch Solar Energy AC, Bosch Solar Wafers GmbH, and Bosch Solar Thin Film in the cities of Erfurt and Arnstadt. It is the union’s hope that the accord will spur a national collective agreement in the solar manufacturing industry, a sector now encompassing 130,000 workers. Based on the union’s metal sector agreement, this first contract contains quite some benefits. Although it contains no set wage increases, workers will see their pay increase with regular bonuses, performance-based bonuses, and additional compensation for holiday and night-shift work. The working week will be reduced with full pay from 40 to 38 hours in increments over the three-year term, and overtime work will either be paid in full or employees have the option to convert overtime in paid time off.

English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/4641-IG-Metall-Breaks-New-Ground ...

 

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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