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IG Metall changes the tariff

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17.03.2017

Germany's largest single trade union changes the rules on temporary staffing and sets an example for the entire temporary staffing industry.

IG Metall ändert den Tarif
IG Metall has raised the issue of a change in the maximum period of temporary employment.

Decisions of the IG Metall affect a particularly large number of temporary workers, as very many companies are affected. This is by no means limited to the metal and electrical sector, as the union also represents the wood/plastics, textile/clothing, steel, and information and telecommunications technology sectors. The recent decisions regarding temporary employment initially have a direct impact on those temporary workers who are deployed in a corresponding client company. Indirectly, however, and this is the special feature, these decisions could set a precedent and Temporary staffing industry nationwide influence.

  • Since March, temporary workers in all industries have been receiving more money. Even the entry-level wage for unskilled workers with the simplest tasks is now €9.23 per hour (tariff area East: €8.91), which is significantly higher than the statutory hourly wage of €8.84. Temporary workers automatically receive an initial 1.5 percent increase after 3 months and a further 3 percent increase after 9 months.
  • The higher hourly wages also mean a simultaneous increase in the Industry surcharges. For eleven different sectors, the tariff community for temporary work (employers' associations BAP and iGZ) has agreed special collective agreements with the individual unions of the German Trade Union Federation (DGB). Temporary employees working in these industries benefit from additional, regular wage increases that bring them step by step closer to the pay of permanent staff.
  • Further negotiations on industry surcharges for metal/electrical, textile/clothing and wood/plastics are scheduled for April. Depending on the duration of the assignment, employees' hourly wages will thus climb steadily.

In another collective agreement (TV LeiZ) between IG Metall and the employers' association Gesamtmetall, it was already agreed in February 2017 that the Maximum transfer duration for temporary workers in the metal and electrical industry at a maximum of 48 months is the maximum. This means that the industry is already deviating significantly from the 18-month maximum duration of temporary employment stipulated by Federal Minister Andrea Nahles in the new Temporary Employment Act (AÜG). Even though the explanation period for the TV LeiZ is still running, we see the result of the negotiations as a signal that the new AÜG does not take sufficient account of the personnel management requirements of metal and electrical companies. It can be assumed that other sectors will follow this example.

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