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The federal government only awards contracts to companies with a collective agreement

Labor Minister Hubertus Heil

The SPD politician wants the government to set a good example.

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Berlin For Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD), the higher minimum wage of twelve euros planned for October 1st is only a first step towards more performance-based justice. “Above all, we need more proper collective agreements,” said Heil of the “Passauer Neue Presse” (Saturday).

Only 48 percent of employees still work under a collective agreement, which usually ensures better working conditions and wages. The state must set a good example when it comes to adherence to collective bargaining agreements. “That’s why we will also ensure that in future public contracts from the federal government only go to companies that pay according to tariffs.”

Heil emphasized that from the middle of the year only institutions that paid their employees according to the tariff could settle accounts with the nursing care insurance. “It is important to me that we make a new attempt in the next four years to come to a generally binding collective agreement in geriatric care,” said Heil.

Overall, the pandemic has made it clear that many people who keep this country running do not have easy working conditions – for example in care, logistics or at the supermarket checkout. “We need more performance justice and respect for those who work a lot but have so far been paid too little.”

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In addition, Corona accelerated developments that fundamentally changed the labor market. For example, many more employees worked in the home office. “We will therefore create a new legal framework for this area,” emphasized the minister.

Heil wants to promote works councils

With the new digital forms of work, the rights of employees must be respected. Even in the platform economy, employees would have the right to set up works councils.

Heil confirmed that tougher action would be taken where this was suppressed. “Anyone who obstructs the work of works councils and their establishment will have to deal with the public prosecutor.” Criminal law will be tightened for this purpose.

More: What the minimum wage increase to twelve euros means for existing industry collective agreements

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