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 2021

Results of the latest round of negotiations
  • Increase of minimum wages under the collective agreement by 3%
  • Actual wages: 3.55%
  • Increase of apprenticeship pay
    1st year of apprenticeship: 6.74%
    2nd year of apprenticeship: 4.27%
    3rd year of apprenticeship: 5.61%
    4th year of apprenticeship: 5.63%
  • Increase of compensation for expenses by 2.5%
  • Increase of supplements and allowances under the collective agreement by 3%

Minimum wage / minimum salary
  • Simple tasks: from EUR 2,089.87
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 2,398.29 to EUR 3,093.91
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 3,542.60 to EUR 7,116.29

Apprenticeship pay
Table I Table II
1st year of apprenticeship: EUR 800.00 EUR 1,018.34
2nd year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,000.00 EUR 1,294.96
3rd year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,325.00 EUR 1,596.81
4th year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,750.00 EUR 1,843.62

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