Stuttgart. In the wage dispute in the chemical industry, there is an agreement. The 550,000 employees will receive 2.8 percent more money in a term of 17 months, divided employer and union on Friday. The tariff increase picks from the second month of life, but can be postponed for two more months under certain conditions.
In addition, the collective bargaining parties agreed to increase payments to a so-called demographic fund. The fee increase takes regional differences into force in collective districts of North Rhine, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse on April 1, a month later, in Westphalia, Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Berlin, Saarland and Northeast on 1 June. The negotiations had been unusually controversial for industry standards.
The union had originally demanded 4.8 percent more money in a term of twelve months. The employer had the claim been criticized as too high. It even threatened for the first time in several decades strikes. “We have shown in the chemical industry, once again, that a strong union achieves sustainable outcomes for the workforce,” said the chairman of the chemistry union IG BCE, Michael Vassiliadis.