The around 40 roofers in the Regensburg district worked hard during the pandemic. Now they should be involved in the good economic situation in the industry, demands the industrial union Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU).
Regensburg. “The order books in the roofing trade are full, the waiting times for customers are long. For the employees, the physically demanding work must also make itself felt in the wallet, ”says Christian Lang, district chairman of IG BAU Upper Palatinate. In the current collective bargaining round, the union is demanding a wage increase of 4.8 percent, 100 euros more per month for trainees as well as securing the supplementary pension at the current level.
So far, however, the employers have not submitted an offer, criticizes Carsten Burckhardt from the IG BAU federal board, who is leading the negotiations: “If the company has its way, the employees should be satisfied with a zero round. That is outrageous – just like the demand for cuts in the collectively agreed supplementary pension. Very few roofers hold out until the statutory retirement age. And then the payments are often well below 1,000 euros. That is why an extra pension is so important. Here the employees must not be reached into their pockets – neither with the future retirees nor with those who are already retired ”, says Burckhardt.
According to the Federal Statistical Office, sales in roofing and building plumbing rose by 6.7 percent in the first half of the year, which was shaped by the pandemic. IG BAU calls on the Central Association of the German Roofing Trade to submit an acceptable wage offer. The supplementary pension should not be touched. The negotiations will continue on October 7th in Frankfurt am Main.