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The minimum wage for building cleaners increases in stages | Free Press

The building cleaning industry, which comprises hundreds of thousands of people, receives higher minimum wages. Employers and a union have agreed on this.

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – In the collective bargaining dispute on cleaning of buildings, the employers and the union reached an agreement overnight.

For the roughly 700,000 building cleaners in Germany there will be more money in the coming years, as the Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU) industrial union and employers unanimously announced. The minimum wage in the industry will increase in three stages for a total of eleven percent. By 2023, the initial earnings will rise to the required twelve euros. Currently it is 10.80 euros, in the next year you should pay at least 11.11 euros per hour.

According to the union, three-quarters of all employees work at the industry’s minimum wage. For them, the deal represents a “great advantage” and a “big step out of the low-wage sector,” said negotiator Ulrike Laux. In the Corona crisis, employees are also exposed to a higher risk of infection. Now they are most valued for their mostly invisible work. However, there was no general admission to the Christmas voucher.

The Federal Association of Building Cleaning Trades (BIV) emphasized long-term success. For companies hardest hit by the Corona crisis, the deal goes to the limit of what is possible, negotiator Christian Kloevekorn said. “The end result, however, is a common sense collective agreement with many compelling facets.”