Germany -Further engineering strike averted, Pay deal at Volkswagen -May 28, 2013

By mid-May Trade union IG Metall agreed a pay deal with the metal industry's employers association, averting the threat of a major strike. Salaries will increase in two steps: a 3.4% rise in July 2013 and a further 2.2% rise in May 2014. Earlier on the union declared that 400,000 workers had already joined a wave of limited warning strikes, as they sought to put pressure on their employers to increase a pay offer. The union had called for inflation-beating wage hikes of up to 5.5% for some 3.7 million workers from May. IG Metall so far rejected an offer from employers to increase wages by 2.3% from July. A deal in the state Baden-Württemberg, home to major carmakers such as Daimler and Porsche as well as manufacturers such as printing machine maker Heidelberger Druck, normally sets the tone for wage hikes in the engineering sector nationwide. Based on this deal workers at Volkswagen’s German factories and financial services, in total 102,000 workers, will receive a pay hike in a two-step wage increase over the next 20 months (3.4% from September 2013 and another 2.2% from July 2014 onwards). VW has negotiated its own separate wage agreement with unions for a number of years now. The collective agreement, which will run until February 2015, includes a one-time contribution of €300 in each worker’s pension plan.

English: http://www.thelocal.de/jobs/?site ...  

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/07/uk-germany-strike ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/28/volkswagen-wages ...  

http://www.france24.com/en/20130528-vw-management-unions-reach-pay-deal

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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