Underground mining and iron extraction / Brief overview

Brief overview of the collective agreement

editorial note Source: Gewerkschaft GPA

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

Applicable in

In force since
1 November 2023

Results of the latest round of negotiations
  • Increase of minimum wages under the collective agreement by 8.5%
  • Actual wages: 10.0%
  • Increase of apprenticeship pay
    • 1st year of apprenticeship: 11.1%
    • 2nd year of apprenticeship: 8.5%
    • 3rd year of apprenticeship: 8.5%
    • 4th year of apprenticeship: 8.5%
  • Increase of compensation for expenses by Ø 8.65%
  • Increase of supplements and allowances under the collective agreement by Ø 8.5%

Minimum wage / minimum salary
  • Simple tasks: from EUR 2,426.23
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 2,784.29 to EUR 3,591.87
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 4,112.78 to EUR 8,261.66

Apprenticeship pay
Table I Table II
1st year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,000.00 EUR 1,218.34
2nd year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,182.65 EUR 1,502.68
3rd year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,546.13 EUR 1,841.04
4th year of apprenticeship: EUR 2,028.95 EUR 2,130.53
Table II applies to apprentices who commence their training after 1 November 1990, after reaching the age of 18 or upon completion of their secondary-school leaving exam.

Supplements and allowances
Allowance for shift and night work; dirt, hardship and hazard allowance, underground mining allowance

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 periods apply according to Section 20 of the Salaried Employees Act (
Angestelltengesetz, AngG
For employers:
6 weeks
after 2 years of employment 2 months
after 5 years of employment 3 months
after 15 years of employment 4 months
after 25 years of employment 5 months
For employees:
1 month
Please note: Consider the terms stipulated in the employment contract.

Please note: Expiry of claims
Please note that any claims arising from the employment relationship must be asserted within six months.

Other results achieved regarding socio-political aspects
  • Special payments: Christmas remuneration (
    ) and annual leave bonus (
  • Crediting of parental leave periods
  • All-inclusive provision