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Germany – Pay rise expected for agency workers in 2013

03 August 2012

The German staffing industry continues to close the pay gap between temporary and permanent workers as a new collective agreement in the rubber and plastic processing industry is set to increase pay for agency workers from January 2013, it has emerged today. Pay is increased by up to +25% with gradual surcharges rising after periods of six weeks, three months and nine months.

The mining, chemical, energy union (IG BCE) and the employers’ association in the temporary staffing industry (VGZ) have agreed to gradually raise the salaries of agency workers. Thomas Bäumer of the VGZ said this widely fulfils political demands to introduce equal pay in the industry.

The new agreement bears a close resemblance to the recent bargaining agreement in the metal and electrical industry in May which first introduced higher surcharges for temporary agency workers.

The metal and electrical industry is the largest sector for temporary staffing in Germany. A spokesperson of the IG BCE told Staffing Industry Analysts that the rubber and plastic processing industry is a comparably smaller sector but continues to implement the ‘equal pay for equal work’ principle in the sector.

“We want to reduce the abuse in the temporary staffing industry and create more fairness in the labour market,” said Peter Hausmann from the union.

The staffing industry meanwhile commented that it was important to create identical time frameworks to the previous collective agreements to avoid “unnecessary bureaucracy.”    

Germany’s Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen recently rejected plans to introduce nationwide regulations in the temporary staffing industry after several collective agreements have been negotiated in the industry. 

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