NGG: 5.7 percent wage increase and a comprehensive benefit package for Coca-Cola workers in Germany

On March 20 2015, the IUF-affiliated Food, Beverages and Catering Union (NGG) and Coca-Cola (CCE) AG have agreed a collective agreement package in the fourth round of negotiations. Nearly 10,000 employees at Germany's largest beverage company will benefit from the new pact, which includes regulations on wages and salaries, working time, part-time and job security.

Freddy Adjan, negotiator of NGG and chairman of the NGG in Bavaria, was pleased with the collective agreement results: "With a pay increase of 3.2 percent in 2015 and 2.5 percent in 2016 and significant increases in holiday and Christmas bonuses ensures that employees are adequately resourced from the economic success of their company. For the first time NGG has also enforced a legal right to part-time from age 59" said Adjan.

“We were able to fend off the requirement of the employer for even more flexibility. Instead, we relieved the employees at the Saturday work and the working hours at Coca-Cola are now predictable and family friendly. This collective agreement ensures that any comprehensive restructuring at Coca-Cola will be regulated in a socially acceptable way for a period of five years. We have also agreed that no restructuring measures can be carried out without the participation of the NGG and the works councils."

According to the new agreement there should be a 12-week consultation process before any redundancy can proceed.

Please find the English statement of NGG here about the new agreement and its key points.