Workers at Mondelēz Germany and their union, IUF affiliate NGG, have successfully negotiated a pay agreement reflecting inflation levels in Germany. The agreement covers 550 workers at Mondelēz’ Bad Fallingbostel site and follows a series of warning strikes taken by NGG members in March and April 2023 as well as a subsequent mediation between NGG and Mondelēz.
The strikes were called by NGG and its Mondelēz members due to the gap between Mondelēz Germany’s offer and the union’s wage demands. In March 2023, the inflation rate in Germany stood at 7.4%.
The agreement reached includes, from January 1, 2023:
- A 7.5% wage increase of at least €250/month (gross) for permanent workers and €170 /month (gross) for apprentices
- For apprentices, guaranteed permanent employment in the occupation they are training for once their training is completed
- In June 2023, a one-time payment of €600 (net) for permanent workers; €300 (net) for apprentices
- A one-time payment €900 (net) to those employed at Mondelēz Bad Fallingbostel for their willingness to enter into the mediation without any imposed requirements
During the warning strikes, solidarity messages came in from unions throughout the world including those in the United States, Pakistan, and Poland. Mondelēz’ European Works Council also conveyed a strong message of solidarity to NGG and its Mondelēz members.
NGG Officer Steffen Lübbert said, “With Mondelēz, we have successfully negotiated a wage package that speaks to the challenging economic circumstances we are seeing. This is a help to our unions’ membership, particularly right now.”