NRW security industry – collective agreement remains generally binding

February 13, 2023

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Labour Minister Karl-Josef Laumann declared the collective agreement for the security industry in North Rhine-Westphalia to continue to be generally binding and thus supports – retroactively to 1 October 2022 – the joint work of BDSW and ver.di for the more than 41,000 employees in the security industry in the federal state.

The AVE covers 20 wage groups of the collective agreement. The basic hourly wages stipulated therein will thus continue to apply to all employees in the security industry in North Rhine-Westphalia – regardless of their membership in a trade union or the employer’s membership in the association.
The current hourly basic wages of the wage groups covered range between 13.00 euros and 18.87 euros.

In the official announcement on the AVE, Labour Minister Laumann stated that collective bargaining coverage is important. “Significantly more workers must again benefit from collective agreements. They ensure good working conditions and uniform pay and thus also help to attract and retain urgently needed skilled workers for the respective sectors. At the same time, they protect companies from distortions of competition. I am therefore pleased that the parties to the collective agreements have once again applied for a declaration of general applicability. Especially in times of decreasing collective bargaining coverage, the declaration of general applicability is a helpful instrument,” says Minister Laumann.

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