Aenderung Historie

Brief overview of the collective agreement

editorial note Source: Gewerkschaft GPA

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

Applicable in
  • Machinery and Metalware
  • Vehicle Industry
  • Metal Casting Industry
  • Non-Ferrous Metals

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% max. € 400,00 €
  • Increase of compensation for expenses by 8,5 %
  • Increase of supplements and allowances under the collective agreement by Ø 8,5 %

Minimum wage / minimum salary
  • Simple tasks: EUR 2.,426.23
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 2,784.29 to 3,591.87
  • Tasks requiring high qualification: from EUR 4,112.78 to EUR 7,957.21

Apprenticeship pay
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

Supplements and allowances
Allowances for shift work, allowances for dirt, hardship and hazard

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

Notice periods
For employers:
up to 2 years of employment 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
Specific claims (e.g. overtime wages and other supplements under Section 5) must be asserted vis-a-vis the employer within
six months
after the day when the work was performed, otherwise the claim expires.

Other results achieved regarding socio-political aspects
  • Discretionary distribution: The amount of discretionary distribution (
    ) opens up new room for manoeuvre to re-distribute part of the overall amount of remuneration, achieving a “fairer” distribution, upon the social partners’ agreement.
  • Leisure option (
    ) in the vehicle industry: The collective agreement provides for an option (to be enshrined in a works agreement) for employees to agree on additional spare time instead of a pay increase.