Germany - IG Metall wins right to a 28-hour week and wage deal - February 28, 2018

After a period of strikes and intense negotiations, trade union IG Metall, representing 900.000 metal and engineering workers, has won the fight for a collective agreement on work-life balance and a wage deal that gives workers the equivalent of 3.5 percent annual raises over 27 months. It means workers at many of the country’s most important engineering firms from 2019 on will be able to opt to take on a 28-hour working week for up to two years. The deal is expected to have a much broader impact than on the 900.000 IG Metall union members alone and is seen a major breakthrough for flexible working in Germany and Europe. A first deal was stuck on 6 February in Baden-Württemberg that served as a reference for the rest of the country.

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