In addition, an agreement has been reached on the renewal of the option to convert the additional benefits of the collective agreement into six days of paid leave since 2019. In the future, the option will apply to employees caring for a child under the age of 12. In the past, the ceiling was 10 years. By 2020, 9,400 parents have already opted for supplementary leave. The conversion option for parents and caregivers is also being expanded. The changeover to the euro will now be possible within five years instead of two. In addition, the parties agreed to begin negotiations to reorganize the compensation component related to the performance of workers covered by the collective agreement by September 30, 2020. The new agreement of the metallurgical and electrical industry of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which is to be considered a pilot agreement for other rounds of collective bargaining in Germany, is a positive political signal in favour of reconciling work and private life. This shows that we are ending the crisis and that workers are defending their rights in favour of a fair share of the recovery. The agreement also shows that “flexibility” in the workplace should be defined not only by employers, but also by workers. There are three main lines of the agreement, which deal with wages, working time and so-called conventional wage increases. Arne Meiswinkel, General Plenipotentiary of Volkswagen AG and the company`s wage negotiator, said: “The Corona crisis has posed particular challenges to the social partners. Collective bargaining was also intended to limit the consequences for businesses and workers and to prepare for the restart as best as possible.

In these circumstances, the only correct answer is a conclusion on the horizon: in the short term, with the aim of advancing our important projects, even in difficult times, and with the aim of finding pragmatic and realistic solutions for our employees so that they can manage the situation as best they can. The metallurgical and electrical industry branch agreements are the basis of the agreement on the new division. However, to find and retain highly qualified professionals, the agreement offers more. From 2019, the 300 or so employees of the new Bosch department will be able to work 35, 38 or 40 hours per week.