In Germany, ” the trade unions are in a strong position to negotiate wage increases “

After a test of strength that lasted for several days, the powerful trade union of the metallurgy, IG Metall, has received Wednesday, February 7, a wage increase of 4.3 % as well as the right for employees who wish to reduce their working week to 28 hours. Encouraged by the victory of IG Metall, the trade unions of services and the public are clamoring for their turn from 6% to 11 % increase. In a chat with web users our correspondent in Berlin, Cécile Boutelet, has responded to your questions on these wage claims.

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John : What event is the origin of the wage pressures in Germany ? Has there been a specific trigger ?

No, it is simply the end of the period of validity of collective agreements. In Germany, in the sectors organized, the employers and the union negotiate wage increases and improvements in conditions of work over a given period of time. During this period, it is the social peace that prevails, there is no strike. At the end of the period, we negotiate a new collective agreement.

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