Germany: Dispute around the regulation of the taxi sector
Talks on a collective agreement in the taxi sector in Germany have been abandoned after just one meeting.
The United Services Union (ver.di) and employers’ organisation, the Taxi and Car Rental Association (BZP), started negotiations for a sectoral minimum wage in a trade-off for better working conditions and working time. It is thought that it would have been the first collective agreement in the taxi sector.
However, ver.di ended the negotiations after the first meeting. According to the union, the employers’ demands were a minimum wage of €6.80 per hour (the current minimum wage is €8.50), 12 hour shifts, no electronic measuring of working time and a six-day working week of more than 40 hours.
The new Minimum Wage Act in Germany allows employers not to pay the statutory minimum wage until 2017 in cases where a collectively agreed minimum wage is in place.
The employers described the reaction of ver.di as unfortunate.
There is a new interest in regulating the taxi sector. This is to be seen against the background of the upcoming introduction of a statutory minimum wage, growing competition in the taxi sector from US transport company Uber, and the efforts of taxi drivers in some cities to organise themselves with a view to voicing their demands for improved working conditions.