Wiesbaden (dpa) - Without the demand for a fixed percentage of IG Bau goes into the negotiations for the minimum wage in the booming construction industry.

Four months before the expiry of the current tariff in Wiesbaden start negotiations with the Central Association of the German Building Industry (ZDB) and the Federation of German Construction Industry (HDB). The real estate boom is expected to see a "hefty increase," the union said.

According to IG BAU estimates, every fifth construction worker in Germany is paid according to the sector-specific minimum wage. But many get more money in their businesses. With the normal wage bargaining negotiations, the minimum wage introduced in 1997 has nothing to do. The goal is to draw a lower limit for tariff-bound companies and to limit wage dumping, explained IG-BAU negotiator Dietmar Schäfers.

Workers posted from abroad must also receive this minimum wage declared by the Federal Government on German construction sites. However, according to Schäfer's estimation, much is played on the timesheets and insufficiently controlled by the insufficiently equipped customs.

Currently, the construction industry is subject to a nationwide industry minimum wage of 12.20 euros per hour. For skilled workers in the West employers and trade unions have also agreed a higher minimum remuneration of 15.20 euros - this level is missing so far in East Germany.

The IG BAU wants to anchor the industry minimum wage 2 now also in the east. According to HDB, employers have not yet positioned themselves for this. The hourly wages in the collective agreements start at 13.77 euros in the east and 16.54 euros in the west.

Schäfers drew attention to the fact that, with the pending implementation of the corresponding EU Directive in Germany, it could in future be prescribed to calculate at least the collective wage level for tenders.

IG BAU Press

Construction industry at industry minimum wage