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Germany – Trade union wants to keep veto right against temporary staff

06 February 2012

Germany’s largest trade union in the metal and electrical industry, IG-Metall, has made its position clear towards temporary staffing: the union wants staff associations to keep their veto right over the use of temporary workers. However, employers do not agree ahead of talks between employers and the union in March on collective bargaining.

The trade union has also demanded that apprentices, who count as temporary staff as they work on fixed-term contracts, will be guaranteed a permanent position after completion of their apprenticeships as part of their labour agreement.

“We cannot accept that we have not reached an agreement in all our points at the end of the collective bargaining round,” said the head of IG-Metall in North Rhine Westphalia, Oliver Burkland to the newspaper Handelsblatt

But employers see things differently and oppose the demands of the trade union. President of Gesamtmetall, the German association of employers, Martin Kannengiesser referred to the union’s demand as a “rampage of irrationality”, also accusing the union of arrogance in the matter.   

Talks on the collective bargaining round in the metal industry will commence in March. The trade union’s requests for staff associations to keep their veto right against a “disproportionate” use of temporary workers comes after the BMW Leipzig branch has decided to go to court over “the extensive use of temporary workers” in the company.

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