World's largest HR services company welcomes temporary staffing wage agreement in Germany
Adecco CEO Jérôme Caille: "A new era of flexible working has dawned in Germany, bringing substantial benefits for employees, employers and the national economy. This long awaited stimulus to Europe's largest economy is sure to be felt beyond Germany's borders".
Jun 27, 2003
Jérôme Caille's words followed approval by Germany's National Association of Staffing Services Companies (BZA) of the collective bargaining agreement on the key element of equal pay, negotiated with the German Federation of Labor Unions (DGB).
After five months of negotiations, the members of the BZA approved the resulting compensation, framework and industry-wide collective wage agreement almost unanimously with only one member voting against it and one abstaining. This wage agreement becomes final when approved and signed by the member unions of the DGB on 21 July 2003, the date the reply deadline ends.
"We are confident that this decision will give a major boost to our industry and to Adecco in this key market," continued Jérôme Caille, "History has shown that legislative change in favour of more flexible working practices generates significant growth potential for our industry - as shown by our own experience in Spain and particularly in Italy, where liberalization of temporary employment in 1997 laid the foundations for us to grow to become a key employer and the clear market leader Our objective is to lead the evolution of our industry in Germany as well, where we can expect strong growth in the coming years ."
Jérôme Caille went on to stress that the advantages will be felt far beyond the temporary staffing industry or Adecco. First of all employers will feel the effect of the new increased flexibility on their business; and the fact that the agreement has been arrived at with the full cooperation and involvement of the trade unions shows that the interests of the workforce have been actively taken into account from all perspectives. "And again, our experience in other countries shows that temporary work often leads to permanent employment, giving an overall boost to the labour market in general".
The negotiations achieved a great deal more than was anticipated even half a year ago. A prudent and deliberate set of rules was created that offers a maximum of flexibility for every kind of staffing requirement, while simultaneously leading to greater overall employment. It also gives staffing services, customers and associates alike a sound and reliable planning basis for the next four years. It will also afford greater worker continuity, thanks to improved motivation stemming from a uniform wage system. All this will simply boost Adecco's service performance.
"Temporary staffing could have accomplished more in the past, had legislative rules and regulations not stifled the needed flexibility," commented Elmar Hoff, CEO of Adecco Germany. "This makes us all the more pleased with the unmistakable decision voiced by the BZA association's members. Such overwhelming approval lends a positive signal to this temporary-staffing wage agreement and underscores just how momentous these negotiated results are for the industry," Hoff added.