Services union ver.di has had mixed reactions to the coalition agreement between the social democrats, greens and liberal FDP party who are set to form the next government. The union sees some positive elements in relation to workers’ rights and collective bargaining including proposed measures to close any gaps in company co-determination and deliver the electronic right of access to workers for trade unions. The union has also welcomed the decision not to press ahead with plans that would have allowed for opening clauses for longer working hours and shorter rest periods via company agreements. This will now only be possible on the basis of collective agreements which, of course, ver.di is committed not to sign. Depending on the details, ver.di is also pleased about the planned legislation on employers sticking to sector agreements and measures that would prevent employers using restructuring to shift away from collective agreements they don’t like. Finally, the promise of allocating €1 billion as a bonus to employees, who have been particularly burdened by the pandemic was seen as positive with a call for it to be paid out promptly to all occupational groups in hospitals, geriatric care, rehabilitation facilities and assistance for the disabled.
Coalition agreement includes some positive plans on bargaining and union rights
More like this
Two regional agreements in the health sector and one covering employees dealing with migrant workers mean that many fixed-term workers will have their contracts extended rather than face dismissal this month. The FP-CGIL has been campaigning against government legislation that posed a threat to tens of thousands of temporary workers across the public services. These new agreements will provide some protection but the union will continue its campaign to ensure more fixed-term workers get their contracts renewed. [Read more at > FP CGIL (IT)->http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT
Trade unions, employers and the government have signed a major agreement which sets out a range of measures for the coming two years. These cover green and energy issues as well as plans to increase unemployment benefit and pensions. Health workers dealing with COVID-19 will see a 30% increase on pay for the period August-December this year, around 6000 employees will benefit. There is also additional funding for municipalities to ensure that the collective agreement covering childcare nurses is fully implemented. This will particularly affect workers in small towns guaranteeing that they
The DGB trade union confederation has reacted positively to a number of the measures included in the agreement to establish a ruling coalition between the CDU/CSU centre rights parties and the social democrats (SPD). The introduction of a statutory minimum wage at €8.50 an hour from 1 January 2015 is one of the main elements endorsed by the confederation, although it is not so happy about the rate being frozen until 2018. The DGB is also pleased that there are proposals to facilitate the extension of collective agreements and to open up the scope of the posted workers' legislation to all