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IG Metall inks wage deal with northwest German steel industry

Steel News - Published on Tue, 19 Mar 2019

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German labor union IG Metall has confirmed that a final new contract was signed Sunday night with representatives of the northwest German steel industry ending months of strike action. Jörg Hofmann, First Chairman of IG Metall, said "According to this, the employees receive a significant increase in their real incomes. In addition, the possibility of being able to convert the additional tariff compensation of 1,000 euros into days off, more self-determination in working hours and a relief in the burdensome shift work. Thus, after the collective agreement in the metal and electrical industry, we have also taken an important step in the steel industry for more working time sovereignty.

After the negotiated result achieved in the night to Sunday, the fees for the approximately 72,000 employees will increase by 3.7 percent from March 2019, and for the months of January and February there will be a total of 100 euros in a one-time payment. Depending on the year of apprenticeship, apprentices receive an increase in trainee remuneration from 88 euros to 188 euros in two stages. From 2020, all employees will receive an additional tariff compensation of EUR 1 000, which will be paid on 31 July. This is permanent and tariff-dynamic. Employees can convert this allowance into days off. There are up to 5 days off.

The collective agreements on partial retirement, job security and the use of contracts for work are being extended. In addition, a negotiation obligation for a collective agreement for dual students was achieved. The collective agreement runs until 28 February 2021.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Mar 2019
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