Germany -Union demands more rights for precarious workers February 17, 2012

The IG Metall union puts the rights of precarious workers at the centre of its collective bargaining this year, along with demands for a 6.5% wage increase in the metal and electrical engineering sector and permanent contracts for young people completing apprenticeships. The upcoming bargaining round starts 6 March. One of the union demands is more co-determination rights for works council members on the use of temporary work. The objective is to limit the use of temporary and agency work within the sector. In addition, through its bargaining in the temporary sector starting on 22 February, the union is demanding “sectoral bonuses” for agency workers engaged in the metal industry to ensure they earn the same wages as permanent employees in the same job.


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