Germany - Collective bargaining report 2015 online - March 31, 2016

The editors of the Annual report on collective bargaining write that 2015 was characterised by a number of hard-fought industrial disputes. These took place in negotiations to secure a major upgrading of the status and terms of staff in social and childcare services, the conflict at Deutsche Post AG over the company’s attempt to lower agreed pay rates for delivery staff in newly-established regional subsidiaries and the dispute between Deutsche Bahn AG and the train drivers’ trade union GDL. Employees at the Berlin university hospital Charité went on strike to secure a collective agreement on staff appraisal. In addition, numerous strikes accompanied negotiations over pensions between the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit and Deutsche Lufthansa. Workers at Amazon undertook a number of strikes to secure union recognition and a collective agreement. Although the 2015 bargaining round resulted in lower nominal pay increases than in 2014, the very low rate of consumer price inflation led to a real increase in agreed pay of 2.4%.

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