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Sawmill industry / Brief overview

Brief overview of the collective agreement

editorial note Source: Gewerkschaft Bau - Holz

Blue-collar workers / white-collar workers
Blue-collar workers

Applicable in

In force since
1 May 2021

Results of the latest round of negotiations
  • Increase of minimum wages under the collective agreement and apprenticeship pay by 2.1 %
  • Actual wages: Increase by 2.0 %

Minimum wage / minimum salary
  • Simple tasks: EUR 11.60
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 11.90 to EUR 13.26
  • Tasks requiring high qualification: from EUR 13.26 to EUR 14.03

Apprenticeship pay
Sawmill industry
1st year of apprenticeship: € 4.77
2nd year of apprenticeship: € 7.16
3rd year of apprenticeship: € 9.54
4th year of apprenticeship: € 10.74

Supplements and allowances
e.g. supplements for night work and for night hours in case of two-shift schedules

Working time
The regular working time is 38.5 hours per week.
Supplement for extra hours: usually 50%, during specified times 100%.

Notice periods
Notice period according to the length of the employee’s employment period with the company:
  • Employee: from one week to nine weeks
  • Employer: from one week to nine weeks

Please note: Expiry of claims
Please note that any and all claims arising from and during the employment relationship with the employer lapse within four months, after termination of the employment relationship, contractual claims to wages lapse within three months unless asserted verbally or in writing. Claims asserted in vain lapse unless an action is filed within 18 months since first asserted..

Other results achieved regarding socio-political aspects
  • Special payments: annual leave bonus (
    ) and Christmas remuneration (
  • Protection against termination of employment according to Section 15 of the Maternity Protection Act (
    Mutterschutzgesetz, MSchG
    ) is extended to apply to the term of entitlement to childcare benefit laid down in federal laws.