Factsheet for case DE-2020-14/620 – measures in Germany
|Country||Germany , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g. short-time work)
|Author||Birgit Kraemer (Hans Boeckler Foundation) and Eurofound|
|Case created||15 April 2020 (updated 05 May 2020)|
|Related ERM support instrument|
Public sector workers and workers employed with companies in public ownership are strongly affected by the COVID-19 crisis but in very different ways. On the one side, municipal workers are affected by the downsizing of public transport and the lockdown of cultural and social life, whereas on the other side public health workers or workers in local job centers of the federal employment agency suffer from work overload.
The protecting the former group of workers and for supporting companies in public ownership the municipal employers, the United Services Union (ver.di) and the Civil Servants Union dbb on 2 April settled the basic aspects for an agreement on short time working. The new agreement shall stipulate that the municipal employers under the condition of the consent of the staff councils can proceed in the same ways as a private employer and can apply for short time working allowance by the federal employment agency. The short time work must be announced seven days in advance.
Members of the bargaining partners can criticize the plans until 15 April; the collective agreement will be finalised afterwards. It lasts until 31 December 2020.
The agreement stipulates regulations similar to those in the private sector.
No information is available.
Employees in standard employment
Workers in non-standard forms of employment
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The agreement was settled by the United Services Union (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) and the Municipal Employers Association (Vereinigung Kommunaler Arbeitgeberverbände, VKA).
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|O - Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security||O84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), First collective agreement on short-time working for municipal workers , case DE-2020-14/620 (measures in Germany), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.