Coffee industry / Brief overview

Brief overview of the collective agreement

editorial note Source: Gewerkschaft PRO-GE

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

Applicable in

In force since
1 November 2020

Results of the latest round of negotiations
  • Increase of wages under the collective agreement by 1.47%
  • Increase of allowances related to long-term employment by 1.47%
  • Increase of apprenticeship pay by 1.47%
  • Favourability principle applied for keeping overpayments unchanged

Minimum wage / minimum salary
  • Simple tasks: EUR 1,663.28
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 1,831.36 to EUR 2,109.87

Apprenticeship pay
Table I Table II
1st year of apprenticeship: EUR 738.50 EUR 849.30
2nd year of apprenticeship: EUR 949.40 EUR 1,091.80
3rd year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,371.40 EUR 1,577.10
4th year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,476.90 EUR 1,698.40

Table II applies to apprentices who commence their training after 1 March 2014 and who after their ninth year of education (compulsory schooling) participated in training, completed pre-vocational training (
) or attended school for another three years.

Supplements and allowances
Allowances related to long-term employment.

Working time
The regular working time is 38.5 hours per week.
Supplement for extra hours: usually 50%, during specified times 100% or 150%.

Notice periods
For employers:
up to 6 months 1 week
more than 6 months 6 weeks
more than 2 years 8 weeks
more than 5 years 13 weeks
more than 15 years 17 weeks
more than 25 years 21 weeks
For employees:
up to 6 months 1 week
more than 6 months 4weeks

Please note: Expiry of claims
Any claims arising from the employment relationship must be asserted within five months after they arose and/or became known, otherwise the claim expires.

Other results achieved regarding socio-political aspects
  • Annual leave bonus (
    ) and Christmas remuneration (
  • Anniversary bonuses