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Collective bargaining

The GDBA bargaining committee negotiates side by side with its sister unions the NV-Bühne with the German Stage Association.


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Currently, the unions GDBA, VdO and BFFS are negotiating with the German Stage Association about the theater "Relief and Planability". There is a video presentation on this in the members' area.

  1. Introduction of a new working time model - The framework model
  2. Sample regulations
  3. Days off regulations
  4. Rest period regulations
  5. Plannability: regulations on weekly schedules, daily schedules
  6. Accessibility regulations

The collective bargaining results of the public sector are to be transferred to the NV stage in the next adjustment collective bargaining negotiations.

What do public sector employees get now?

In the first step, all employees - regardless of their current pay - will receive a total of 3,000 euros. However, the money will not flow all at once. 1240 euros will be paid in June 2023. From July 2023 to February 2024, a further 220 euros will follow each month. These payments are tax and duty-free and therefore reach the employees as net payments.

This part of the collective agreement takes advantage of the opportunities temporarily created by the federal government as part of the third relief package last fall with the so-called inflation compensation premium. Those working part-time will benefit proportionately from the agreed payments. Trainees are to receive half.

Base amount

In a second step, all wages will then be increased by 200 euros in March 2024. This agreed base amount is far below the unions' original demand, but is in line with the compromise proposed in the conciliation process.

Employees with low incomes will benefit most from the basic amount, because an increase of 200 euros in the lower pay groups will result in a significantly higher percentage increase than in the upper pay groups. According to the agreement, trainees will receive 150 euros more per month from March 2024.

Tariff increase

In the third step - i.e. after the increase by the base amount - all remuneration will then rise by 5.5 percent from March 2024. Like the base amount, this increase will therefore affect the entire pay scale, which forms the basis for pay for various activities in the public sector.

Minimum increase

The combination of the increase by a base amount and a percentage increase of 5.5 percent in March 2024 leads to very different results for employees. Against this background, it was agreed as part of the collective agreement that the total increase must be at least 340 euros per month.

According to calculations by the ver.di trade union, the compromise reached in the pay table will result in increases of between 340 and 680 euros per month. In preliminary calculations, this corresponds to rates of increase of between 8.2 and 16.9 percent. Ver.di puts the average wage increase at 11.5 percent.

By way of example, the union calculates that an educator (with classification S8a, step 6) can expect a 10.8 percent increase in pay, a bus driver in North Rhine-Westphalia (with classification EG 5, step 4) can expect an increase of 12.4 percent and a refuse collection employee (with classification EG 3, step 3) can expect an increase of 13.4 percent.

Agreement reached on artists' fees - the minimum fee will rise in two steps and be made more dynamic

Following intensive collective bargaining, the German Stage Association and the artists' unions GDBA, VdO and BFFS have agreed in the fourth round on a new salary regulation for solo employees and stage technicians. According to this agreement, the minimum salary will be raised in two stages from € 2,000 as of September 1, 2022 to € 2,550 and from January 1, 2023 to € 2,715. Likewise the guest fees are increased accordingly and experience thereby also an increase of more than 35 per cent.

In the apron the German stage association had already given its members the normative recommendation to raise the minimum fee starting from 01.09.2022 to € 2,500. A joint compromise has now been reached.

The collective bargaining parties have also agreed to make the minimum wage more dynamic from the 2023/2024 pay rounds. This ensures that it will develop linearly in the same way as other stage salaries.

The agreement also includes the introduction of a step in the form of a dynamic employment bonus of €200 on top of the minimum salary at the start of the 2023/2024 season. Solo employees and stage technicians who have worked for more than two years at theaters that are members of the German Stage Association will then receive a minimum of €2.915.915.

Further structural increases in fees from fall 2023 and 2024 are linked to a collective agreement on part-time work.

The BFFS was involved in the last two rounds of negotiations and will co-sign this agreement as a new partner in the negotiating group of artists' unions.

Lisa Jopt, Executive President of GDBA: "This is a historic joint success. The dynamization of fees has been an issue for the unions for over thirty years. The fact that stage artists are paid like kitchen help and messengers compared to the public sector is over. We will tackle further improvements."

The way to the bargaining committee is through participation in the state executive committee. There, the assessors represent the diverse perspectives and interests of the members - for example, of a professional group or freelancers. At the national level, the assessors of all 7 state associations for the professional groups solo, opera choir, dance, ATuV and the group of freelancers each form a group council, whose chairpersons are members of the main board. In addition, the 5 group council chairpersons, together with the president, form the collective bargaining committee and contribute to the collective bargaining negotiations with the German Stage Association.

Click here for the organization chart

The bargaining committee meets every Wednesday from 3 - 5 p.m. for a jour fixe.

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