Chemical collective bargaining talks continue – last day in third round | news
WIESBADEN (dpa-AFX) – In the midst of the energy crisis and record inflation, collective bargaining for around 580,000 employees in the German chemical and pharmaceutical industry continues. On Tuesday morning, the trade union IG BCE and the employers’ association BAVC want to meet in Wiesbaden for the last day of their third round of talks. Both sides had underscored their intention to reach a deal.
Because of the historically high level of inflation, IG BCE had insisted on “strong and sustainable wage increases”. She also wants permanent increases in the tariff tables. Employers, on the other hand, pointed to the tense situation in many companies, especially in the energy-intensive chemical industry, due to the gas crisis. She does not see much scope for tariff increases that affect the table, but had brought the option of one-off payments free of tax and social security contributions into play.
“We are going into the negotiations with the firm will to achieve a result in Wiesbaden,” said BAVC negotiator Hans Oberschulte. And Ralf Sikorski, negotiator for IG BCE, emphasized that the people in the companies wanted to see solutions.
In previous collective bargaining talks in the spring, IG BCE and BAVC had initially agreed on a partial settlement as a bridging solution in view of the uncertainty surrounding the Ukraine war: a one-off payment of 1,400 euros per employee and 1,000 euros for companies in financial need. The regulation expires at the end of October./als/DP/he