The dispute in the electrical and metal industry in North Rhine-Westphalia has been settled. The employees receive a corona bonus and annual extra payments.
DÜSSELDORF dpa / rtr | IG Metall and the employers in North Rhine-Westphalia agreed on a new collective agreement for the metal and electrical industry after ten hours of negotiations. Employers and the union agreed on Tuesday morning for the companies in North Rhine-Westphalia a corona bonus and annually recurring special payments, as both sides announced. The agreement is considered a pilot deal, the core elements of which are expected to be adopted in the other regions.
According to the information, the around 700,000 employees in North Rhine-Westphalia will receive a one-time corona aid of 500 euros in June 2021. The new special payment will be paid for the first time in February 2022 in the amount of 18.4 percent of a monthly salary. In February 2023, this special payment will increase to 27.6 percent of the monthly salary and will then be payable annually. The new collective agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2021, has a total term of 21 months and ends on September 30, 2022.
The North Rhine-Westphalian district manager of IG Metall, Knut Giesler, described the agreement as a “trend-setting result”. With the conclusion there is the possibility “to finance a reduction in working hours in the event of employment problems without a significant loss of pay, if the parties to the company agree on this within the framework of a voluntary works agreement”. The money from the one-off payment and other tariff elements could be used to reduce working hours to a 4-day week.
The President of the Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry in North Rhine-Westphalia, Arndt G. Kirchhoff, described the tariff compromise as “a result characterized by fairness, reason and foresight in an extraordinarily difficult economic situation”. It is important for companies that “as in 2020, they do not have to cope with any increase in table fees in 2021”. In addition, an automatically effective relief mechanism for companies affected by the crisis had been agreed for the first time with IG Metall for the current year.
According to the union, another building block in the outcome of the negotiations is a collective agreement entitled “Future, Competitiveness and Job Security”. It creates a framework for company-related collective agreements to shape the transformation in the metal and electrical industry. Kirchhoff said that this collective agreement offers companies “an unbureaucratic and easy to implement” collective bargaining framework for company regulations to secure employment and support transformation processes.