Germany -Pay deal at Vattenfall -April 11, 2013

The utility company Vattenfall has reached a deal with the trade unions Ver.di, IG BCE and IG Metall over pay and job security for in total 15,000 workers. It means that Vattenfall will no longer face the risk of strike actions at its power plants. The deal includes a pay rise from 1 March 2013 retrospectively of 2.6%, and a further increase with 1.8% from 1 April 2014. The union demand was higher, but a job security guarantee till 2017 that the company was willing to give made the unions accept the bid. The bargaining partners agreed to restart negotiations if Vattenfall loses the concessions in Hamburg and Berlin that expire at the end of 2014.



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