Talks on the new company tariff for around 120,000 employees at Volkswagen are due to begin on Wednesday (10:00 a.m.). IG Metall is demanding four percent more money for the automaker’s employees. This means that the requirement is on the same level as for the collective agreement in the metal and electrical industries. At VW, however, the targeted plus should be fully reflected in higher wages, while the union is also aiming to partially compensate for reductions in working hours in the general industry agreement.
The in-house tariff negotiations are mainly conducted as an online conference. The regional IG Metall district manager Thorsten Grger had reaffirmed the demands in mid-December. VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh had already spoken of a package that “fits in with the times”. From his point of view, the workforce has been working under stressful Corona conditions for months, at the same time they are involved in the difficult conversion towards e-mobility and digital.
“Emergency collective agreement” in spring
Actually, it should have graduated in spring. However, in view of the first wave of pandemics, employers and IG Metall initially concluded an “emergency collective agreement”, which excluded key points. The union also wants to enable more conversion into days off, the group of those entitled to do so is to be expanded to include all IG Metall members at VW. The company is also said to offer at least 1,400 apprenticeships per year. (dpa-AFX / gem)
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