Germany - Pay raise of 5% in fine ceramics industry

The union IG BCE and employers in the fine ceramics industry in west Germany agreed on a collective agreement. The 17,000 employees in the industry will receive a pay rise that adds up to a total of 5.05% through several pay steps, one-off payments and increases in Christmas bonuses and demographic funds. As of 1 January 2022, wages and salaries will rise by 2%. A further pay increase of 1.3% will follow on 1 January 2023. Depending on a company’s performance, there will be a one-off payment of €250, €500 or €650, which should be paid out as a ‘corona bonus’. Apprentices will receive 50% of the one-off payment.

Italy- Collective agreement in textiles and clothing sector

Social partners in the clothing and fashion industries signed an agreement to renew their national collective agreement, which will apply to some 46,000 companies and 400,000 employees. The agreement, signed by the employers’ organisation SMI and the Filctem-Cgil, Femca-Cisl and Uiltec trade unions, provides for an average salary increase of €74. This increase will be delivered in three tranches, starting with €20 (1 April 2022), followed by €25 (1 January 2023), and concluding with €27 (1 April 2023). These increases will go unchallenged, even if inflation turns out to be lower than forecast over the period concerned. In addition, as of 1 January 2023, companies will contribute €2 per employee to a new insurance scheme catering for age-related loss of autonomy.

Malta - Framework agreement on active ageing

The Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and the General Workers’ Union signed a framework agreement on active ageing. The agreement emphasises an intergenerational approach to ensure a healthy, safe and productive working environment, to enable workers to remain in the labour market, and to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experience between generations. The two social partners acknowledged the strong need for labour market policies to ensure that valuable human resources and experience are retained for as long as possible. They will promote good practices through a digital tool which will be made available to the public.

The Netherlands - New collective agreement for provincial councils

Several trade unions (the FNV, CNV, AVV and CMHF) negotiated a collective agreement covering workers in provincial councils that will run to 31 December 2021 (and backdated to 1 January). Salaries rise by €50 from 1 January 2021, with a further increase of 1.2% from 1 July. There will also be a one-off payment of €750 (pro-rata for part-timers) on 1 September in appreciation of the flexibility shown during the Covid-19 crisis. The agreement also includes provisions to ensure sustainability of employment, covering parental leave, measures to support older workers and help for employees facing major life events.

Portugal - New collective agreement in municipal service company

The SINTAP trade union negotiated a new collective agreement with the Inova company, which provides waste, water and other municipal services in the Coimbra district. Highlights includes the progressive reduction of working hours in 2022 and 2023 to 35 a week; changes to the scheduling of night work; and additional holiday entitlement (an extra day for every 10 years of service and a general increase in annual leave to 25 days by 2023). There will also be increases to meal and other allowances as well as higher pay.


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