BERLIN May 6 Around 760,000 German construction
workers will get an inflation-busting 5.7 percent pay rise in
two steps over this year and next, according to a preliminary
agreement between employers and labour unions.
The workers will get 3.1 percent more pay from June and 2.6
percent more from June 2015, labour union IG Bau and employers
agreed after more than 24 hours of talks in a fourth round of
negotiations in Frankfurt. The deal is for 24 months.
Workers in eastern Germany will get an extra 0.7 percentage
points on top of that to narrow the pay gap with their western
counterparts in the long-term.
Construction workers had originally called for a 7 percent
wage increase due to expectations of an upturn in the sector
Both sides said the deal was preliminary. Employers said
this was because further details needed to be clarified before
the negotiating committee took a final vote on it on May 13.
(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Madeline Chambers)