Call for cleaners

The cleaners depend on each euro. Now, employers want to reduce their premiums and their vacation days. The union of building cleaners, IG BAU, speaks of a "slap" of employees – and calls for a "hot summer" in the industry. Photo: IG BAU

VOGELSBERGKREIS – Hospitals, schools or offices could remain dirty in the Vogelsberg district, the IG BAU trade union warns in a press release. If the round of collective bargaining, which has been going on since last April, does not bring any further progress on August 15th, businesses and customers should expect work stoppages in the Vogelsberg district. Union's Doris Hammes announces a hot summer if employers block future negotiations.

Fewer vacation days, overcharges canceled, on-call work: a large part of the 300 or so cleaners of the Vogelsbergkreis are threatened with massive losses. Therefore, the BAU IG calls the employees not to accept the cuts. "At the moment, many leaders are offering their employees new contracts of employment on much worse terms, which no one should sign," warns Hammes. The peace obligation between IG BAU and the employers expired at the end of July. Background: On July 31, the Federal Guild of Building Cleaning Professionals terminated the sector's collective framework agreement.

Before the union and the employer negotiate a new contract on August 15, standards must be pushed in the meantime, according to IG BAU. "Instead of 28 or 30 days off, employees should now be able to accept the 20-day statutory minimum Supplement for overtime or special tasks such as cleaning up surgical procedures will be reduced or canceled in new contracts. work, "says Hammes. According to the union, it is particularly explosive: according to the wishes of some companies, employees who previously had fixed working hours should now be able to work on call.

"It is a slap for all those who have to redistribute each euro twice anyway," criticized IG BAU. Women are particularly affected by the cuts. Most of them have only a part-time job or a mini-job. Add to that: "Even full-time workers who do not even earn 1300 euros net already have a hard time finding affordable housing."

IG BAU Mittelhessen now calls on cleaning companies in the region to work for their employers' association to re-establish collective bargaining standards. In the end, the industry itself will benefit: after all, if the current practice continues, many employees will now opt for an employer that meets the above conditions, more attractive, according to IG BAU. This, in turn, will intensify competition between "clean" companies and "competitors of the land".

"But the public sector also faces a challenge: cities and local authorities can set the rules for cleaning schools, town halls and offices, and it is clear that clean buildings also include clean working conditions", said Hammes.

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