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Germany – More agency workers to get equal pay

19 December 2012

The staffing industry went to their “limits” to achieve a new collective bargaining agreement that will increase pay rates for temporary agency workers in the paper, cardboard and plastics industry from May 2013.

This will adjust salaries of agency workers to those of permanent employees in five stages, starting with a 4% surcharge to a maximum of 20% after nine months. Unlike other equal pay agreements, agency workers are entitled to receive the initial surcharge after four weeks, compared to six weeks in other sectors.

The agreement was signed between one of Germany’s largest union, the United Services Union ver.di, and the employer organisation in the temporary staffing industry (VGZ).

The agreement will come into effect on 1 May 2013. It is the eighth equal pay agreement this year, aimed to close the pay gap between temporary and permanent employees. The German government had put pressure on employers to implement equal pay after unions have increased pressure.

“We have now covered the most important industry sectors and have found a significant partner in the United Services Unions”, said Holger Piening who was involved in the negotiations and represented employers in the staffing industry.

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