Germany - GDF SUEZ tries to divide workforce - April 21, 2011

In November 2010, on request of GDF SUEZ collective bargaining between this energy company and the ver.di services union were broken off, as the employer wanted time to consider things. Five months later, on 21 April, talks were reconvened, but now it turned out that GDF SUEZ tries to divide the workforce. According to the company’s proposal, for the incumbent workforce of the power stations the collective agreement for the energy sector would be applicable, whereas new employees were supposed to work under another collective agreement, that for energy supply at municipal level. Even though for the latter a so-called bonus of 10% was suggested, this would mean lower pay for new entrants. Ver.di urges strongly for one uniform collective agreement, that for the energy sector, and refuses to continue negotiating on the terms proposed by GDF SUEZ.

German: leaflet ver.di

 

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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