A new agreement signed earlier this month will run for 24 months until 31 January 2021 delivers:

  • A wage increase of 4.9% in two steps; 2.6% from 1 August 2019 and 2.3% from 1 September 2020. An amount of €340 will be paid out once for the months February-July 2019.
  • For apprentices the pay rise will be €30 per month from 1 August 2019 and the one-tine payment before that €170.
  • The supplements per month from employers to part-time retirement wages increase in two steps from €536 to €570 and later to €600
  • Holiday money will be raised by 2.6% in 2019 and 2.3% in 2020.

IndustriAll Europe general secretary Luc Triangle hailed the increase in purchasing power as another example of collective barganing delivering for workers. IndustriAll Europe is set to press home the benefits to workers, employers and society in a campaign to be launched later this year.

Improvements in the part-time retirement scheme will help make the process of demographic change in the company smoother and higher pay for apprentices will also attract more young people to seek a future in the textile industry.

The news from Germany comes hot on the heels of another collective barganing victory in the textile sector, this time in Spain. You can read more about that here: https://news.industriall-europe.eu/Article/294

Meanwhile, Dutch metal workers also won a substantial pay rise after a campaign of strike action: https://news.industriall-europe.eu/Article/293