Germany - Chemical workers agree on new terms and conditions - June 30, 2016

After a period of intensive negotiations, trade union IG BCE, representing about 650,000 workers in the mining, chemical, and energy industries reached an agreement for a pay deal for workers in the chemical industry with the employers’ association BAVC. The agreement will run for two years. It includes a pay increase of 3.0% in the first step and 2.3% in a second phase; the timing of the increase is related to a regional and company clause. The agreement also introduces a ‘Starts’ program for apprentices and young migrants that enter the labour market.

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