Berlin. Arbitration begins this Wednesday in the collective bargaining dispute for the approximately 850,000 construction workers. The President of the Federal Social Court, Rainer Schlegel, should find a solution to the deadlock. Construction workers want to protest in front of the conference hotel in Berlin. Your union, IG BAU, declared the negotiations to have failed last Thursday. She calls for an increase of 6.8 percent, but at least 230 euros more per month. In addition, construction workers should receive a mileage allowance for trips to the construction site. The employers have not submitted an offer. You criticize the other side ignoring the economic situation. This year the construction industry will at best stagnate.
From the union’s point of view, however, the construction boom is continuing. She criticized the fact that every fourth construction worker only received the current industry minimum wage of 12.55 euros per hour. In two thirds of the large German cities, these employees would have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on a 50 square meter apartment, according to calculations for IG BAU. “This means that construction workers in many places where they build apartments can no longer even afford an older apartment – not to mention a new apartment,” criticizes IG-BAU chairman Robert Feiger. Therefore, in addition to the tariff at the end of the year, the minimum wage must also rise.
In the arbitration, the parties to the collective bargaining agreement have a maximum of 14 days to come to a result. Then the peace obligation ends – the workers’ side could call for warning strikes. dpa / nd