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Factsheet for measure DE-2020-49/1573 Updated – measures in Germany

Corona premia for employees in German Parliament

Corona-Prämie für Mitarbeiter des deutschen Bundestags

Country Germany , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 December 2020 – 31 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Birgit Kraemer (Hans Boeckler Foundation) and Eurofound
Measure added 08 December 2020 (updated 10 November 2021)

Background information

Employees working for Members of Parliament are not considered public service workers. They are not covered by the public service workers CBA of October 2020, which included a corona bonus for workers. The Parliament as public employer decided to extend the public services CBA to employees working for Members of Parliament. The president of the German Parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, announced the measure in early December in a letter to all employees.

Content of measure

The measure covers around 4,500 employees working for the 709 Members of Parliament. The payment varies between €200 for apprentices and up to €600 for employees in higher salary levels. The measure thus mirrors the collective bargaining agreement reached for public services workers between in October 2020. The corona premia will be paid at the end of December together with the Christmas premia and the regular salary. The president of the German Parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, anounced the measure in early December in a letter to all employees. According to Wolfgang Schäuble, the measure aims to "cushion the additional burden created by the corona crisis".

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

31 December 2020

This temporary measure expired on 31 December 2020.

Use of measure

Press articles report a mixed reception among employees benefiting from the measure. Some welcome the recognition of the difficulties related to working from home. Other employees find their preferential treatment inappropriate in the current context of difficult working conditions and/ or economic hardship for many other occupations.

Contents

  • Bonuses

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Companies providing essential services
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

  1. Social partners were not involved in the measure or their negotiation.
  2. The Parliament's Council of Elders took the decision to extend the public services CBA of October 2020 to employees of Members of Parliament.
  3. Social partners are not contributing to the measure.

Views and reactions

No data.

Sectors and occupations

    • 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.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Corona premia for employees in German Parliament, measure DE-2020-49/1573 (measures in Germany), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DE-2020-49_1573.html

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