Focal issues

A focal issue of the AdC wage agreement policy has always been to secure the competitive advantage that Germany’s subgroups have. A wide range of measures have helped strengthen this advantage in recent years. The key issues here are flexibility and working costs.

Of equally high importance is the goal of presenting the cigarette industry as a preferred employer for high-performance, qualified employees. The industry has traditionally offered extremely attractive jobs. This applies to the climate in the industry, the wide variety of opportunities, and also to the level of pay. We lay the cornerstones of wage agreement policy so that many qualified people in future will continue to opt for a career in one of the member companies.

In order to discover sustainable and forward-looking solutions, a positive negotiating partnership based on trust is invaluable. Maintaining and developing this partnership requires constant effort. This goal is achieved with numerous activities, including those outside of collective bargaining rounds, such as cooperations with works councils in the companies, but also supporting and promoting training and further education of the works councils in the education centre of the NGG in Oberjosbach im Taunus.

Collective bargaining milestones achieved by the AdC since 1990:

1990–1992: German reunification boom with wage increases of 6.5/7.1/5.8%

1993 onwards: With annual wage increases of 2.9/2.0/3.1 and 2% the cigarette industry remains under the German average

1997: Working hours increase, one-off payments instead of wage increases

2001: Introduction of pension schemes anchored in collective bargaining agreements

2004: New employees start at 70%, adjusted over six years, free shifts are reduced

2006–2007: Wage increases of 2.5/2.3%

2008–2009: 4/2.8%

2010–2012: 2.8 (October: zero, 15 months)/2.5%