By on May 28, 2013

Picture courtesy VWPLANET.DE

According to media reports, Volkswagen workers received a hefty, inflation-busting pay rise today, giving the impression that VW workers are being especially coddled. Not true. Metal workers in  all of Germany received a 5.6 percent raise in May (3.4 percent more from July on, followed by 2.2 percent starting in May 2014, to be exact.) Volkswagen workers received more or less the same.

Volkswagen workers have their own “Haustarif” which has to be separately negotiated. Today, nearly 100,000 Volkswagen employees in Germany received their own deal. It mirrors the pay hike negotiated by the Metal Worker Union in May, plus €300 to be paid into the pension plan. In exchange for the €300, Volkswagen workers have to wait two months longer for a raise, which kicks in in September. No big shakes, never mind the headlines.

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5 Comments on “TTAC’s Headline Decoder: Pay Raise At Volkswagen A Non-Event...”


  • avatar
    08Suzuki

    In the area of “nothing remotely resembling a constructive comment,” that’s a mighty-cute blond VW’s managed to employ on the assembly line.

    • 0 avatar
      brettc

      I was wondering if she helped build my Sportwagen but then I remembered that it was built in Mexico. So maybe an attractive Mexican girl worked on it instead.

  • avatar
    Commando

    I’m commenting because I felt sad that this story had only one comment. Now it’s two. Another non.event, eh?

  • avatar
    raph

    Well good for them, its nice to see somebody get an actual pay raise instead of a COLA or something laughably called a pay raise when it doesn’t even break even with inflation.

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