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Factsheet for measure DE-2020-49/1573 – Updated – measures in Germany
|Country||Germany , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 December 2020 – 31 December 2020|
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)|
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.
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".
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.
Employees in standard employment
Companies providing essential services
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
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:
|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), 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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