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Salary for elderly care 2021: Heil plans care tariff loyalty law - Spahn presents his own proposals

More salary for those employed in the care of the elderly: Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has now made proposals on how those employed in the care of the elderly are better paid. ver.di criticizes the plan. Previously, Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) had presented plans for a care tariff compliance law for better pay.

May 05, 2021

Spahn makes a proposal

After the SPD ministers Heil and Scholz submitted a draft for a long-term care tariff loyalty law, Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) has now followed suit. His proposal is to be attached to ongoing legislative procedures. This would enable a law to improve salaries in elderly care to be implemented before the end of the legislature. Spahn's plan aims to ensure that, from July 1, 2022, supply contracts may only be concluded with care facilities that pay according to or similarly to collective agreements.

Salaries in elderly care: ver.di criticizes Spahn's draft

The United Service Union (ver.di) expresses clear criticism of the latest draft by Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) for a law on collectively agreed pay in the elderly.

“Spahn gives the impression that he is doing something for the care. In fact, he is doing her a disservice, ”said Sylvia Bühler, who is responsible for health and social affairs on the ver.di federal board. The Minister's plans did not guarantee sufficient minimum collective conditions in care for the elderly. In order for a solution to be found through the law, significant improvements must be made.

Abuse through collective bargaining agreements in the elderly

According to the draft, which has not yet been coordinated with other departments, supply contracts should only be concluded with care facilities whose remuneration is based on an existing collective agreement or church employment contract guidelines in the respective federal state. “A collective bargaining agreement concluded by any pseudo-unions in any institution can be used as a yardstick. That opens the door to abuse, ”criticized Bühler.

May 12, 2021: Protests for "Nursing Day"

The union woman announced protests against the policies of the health minister. “On the day of the nursing staff on May 12th, employees nationwide will use campaigns to express their displeasure with Spahn's nursing policy. He made a lot of promises, but no improvements have yet arrived in everyday work. "

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May 02, 2021

Labor minister plans care agreement law for elderly care

After Caritas thwarted a nationwide collective agreement for elderly care, the Federal Ministry of Labor is now on the offensive. Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to ensure binding collective wages in the care industry with a care tariff compliance law. It should be decided this summer. With this, Heil wants to implement a project of the grand coalition. It has set itself the goal of improving the pay of those employed in the care sector.

Elderly care: 600,000 employees would get more salary

The core of the draft: operators of care facilities only get money from long-term care insurance if they pay their employees collective wages. Heil said in the Bild am Sonntag: 1.2 million people work in geriatric care, almost half of them receive collective wages. The law would bring a wage increase to the other 600,000 nurses. "On average, this means that full-time employees can get over 300 euros more per month."

Conflict over nursing salaries

Actually, the ball for a legislative initiative was with Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). But so far he has “not presented a concrete solution”. The SPD parliamentary group has already announced that it will implement the law quickly. The SPD parliamentary group vice-members Bärbel Bas and Katja Mast want a care-tariff compliance law: Nursing facilities have to pay employees according to collective agreements or church employment contract guidelines. “The initiative by Olaf Scholz and Hubertus Heil for a care tariff compliance law is the right answer to the challenges in care. It ensures better wages and shows a solution after a generally binding collective agreement could not be implemented because of the veto from the ranks of the church organizations and the massive resistance of the large private employers' associations, ”said Bas.

 

ver.di welcomes plan as a meaningful intermediate step

Ver.di welcomes the move by Labor Minister Hubertus Heil and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. A solution is now required, ”states ver.di chairman Frank Werneke. A generally binding collective agreement (see below) for all employees in the care of the elderly remains the most effective and uncomplicated way for fair wages in the care of the elderly. It therefore remains the goal of ver.di. Werneke describes the current plan of introducing a care tariff compliance law as a sensible intermediate step. Heil wants to link the refinancing of services from the care fund to the application of a collective agreement by the operators of care facilities.

Fair wages in care for the elderly: Danger from compliance agreements

Werneke, on the other hand, warns: “So that this regulation cannot be circumvented by profit-oriented, commercial providers, clear requirements are required. It is important that only relevant area-wide collective agreements can be used as a basis for refinancing from the long-term care insurance - and that the employees are then remunerated accordingly. Such tariff regulations exist for the municipal geriatric care facilities and a number of non-profit providers in the care sector. ”A reference to house tariffs that exist somewhere in the care sector is not sufficient. This is almost an invitation to conclude collective agreements in the area of ​​private care groups and in this way to be able to continue paying poor wages unhindered.

April 04, 2021

Open letter on the collective agreement for elderly care: ver.di asks Caritas to advise again

At the end of February 2021, Caritas rejected a nationwide collective agreement for care for the elderly. The ver.di union is now making a new attempt to convince Caritas of a nationwide collective agreement for care for the elderly. In an open letter, ver.di calls on the labor law commissions of Caritas and Diakonie to consult again on the nationwide extension of the collective agreement negotiated between ver.di and the employers' association BVAP. “Help pave the way for the collective agreement to be extended nationwide. This is the only way to create better minimum working conditions in the elderly in the short term, ”says the open letter. Ver.di asks: "Who, if not Caritas and Diakonie, the two important church welfare organizations, should be big enough to revise a decision that turns out to be incorrect?"

February 25, 2021

"This is a bitter day for those working in the care sector," said DGB board member Anja Piel, criticizing the Caritas vote. The Christian welfare association rejects a declaration of general validity for the collective agreement for care for the elderly negotiated by ver.di and the Federal Association of Employers (BVAP).

Caritas rejects the collective agreement for elderly care

ver.di had recently reached an agreement with BVAP in the care sector on the final content of the collective agreement on minimum conditions in care for the elderly. According to the Posted Workers Act, this should be extended to the entire industry on August 1, 2021. The minimum wages in care for the elderly would accordingly increase significantly in four steps for all care workers compared to the currently applicable minimum wage for care; A nurse would therefore receive an hourly wage of at least 18.75 euros from June 1, 2023. This was preceded by intensive negotiations between the parties to the collective bargaining agreement as well as the hearings of Diakonie and Caritas provided for in the Posted Workers Act. According to the law, the labor law commissions of Diakonie and Caritas must approve the application for a declaration of general applicability before the Federal Minister of Labor can extend it to the entire industry. That will not happen now.

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Course of the debate about collective agreement for care for the elderly

January 2021

According to the Posted Workers Act, the collective agreement for elderly care is to be extended to the entire industry on August 1, 2021. The minimum wages for all caregivers in elderly care will increase significantly in four steps compared to the currently applicable minimum wage. This was preceded by intensive negotiations between the parties to the collective bargaining agreement as well as the hearings of Diakonie and Caritas provided for in the Posted Workers Act, ver.di announced.

Salary for elderly care: Minimum hourly wages increase in four stages

In detail, the collective agreement provides for the minimum hourly wages for all caregivers in geriatric care to be increased significantly in four steps - starting from August 1, 2021 - and to end the disadvantaged employment of employees in eastern Germany early.

  • Nursing assistants will therefore receive a fee of at least EUR 12.40 per hour from August 1, 2021,
  • from January 1, 2022 at least 13.80 euros,
  • from January 1, 2023 at least 14.15 euros and
  • from June 1, 2023 at least 14.40 euros.
  • Nursing assistants with at least one year of training will receive at least 13.10 euros per hour from August 1, 2021;
  • their minimum hourly wages will increase to 14.50 euros from January 1, 2022,
  • from January 1, 2023 to 15.00 euros and
  • from June 1, 2023 to 15.25 euros.
  • The minimum hourly wages for registered nurses are therefore from August 1, 2021 at 16.10 euros,
  • from January 1, 2022 at 17.00 euros,
  • from January 1, 2023 at 18.50 euros and from June 1, 2023 at 18.75 euros.

Source: ver.di 2021

Ver.di announced that this increase corresponds to the previous minimum nursing wage of 25 percent.

Salary for elderly care: from June 2023 more than 3000 euros

In June 2023, at least the following monthly salaries will be paid for a 39-hour week:

  • 440.00 euros for nursing assistants,
  • 585.00 euros for nursing assistants with at least one year of training and
  • 180 euros for nurses.

Better regulations remain unaffected

In future, caregivers in the care of the elderly will be entitled to at least 28 vacation days per year and an additional vacation allowance of at least 500.00 euros. The collective agreement regulates minimum conditions in care for the elderly; better regulations remain unaffected and are still possible.

September 2020

First basis for collective agreement agreed in September 2020

ver.di and the employers in the care sector (BVAP) have agreed on the basis for a collective agreement in care for the elderly. The collective agreement is due to come into force on July 1, 2021.

In mid-September, both sides agreed on a preliminary wage result. The Federal Ministry of Labor will then extend the rules to the entire care sector. The collective agreement is due to come into force on July 1, 2021. Until then, there will be enough time to meet all the requirements stipulated by the Posted Workers Act, says Sylvia Bühler, who is responsible for health care on the ver.di federal board.

Nursing collective agreement: Salary for geriatric nurses

  • The minimum wages would therefore be increased in three steps, so that qualified geriatric nurses will receive at least 18.50 euros per hour from January 2023. For a 39-hour week, this would result in gross earnings of EUR 3,137 per month.
  • Nursing assistants without training receive at least 14.15 euros, and those with one to two years of training receive at least 15 euros per hour.
  • In addition to hourly wages, ver.di and BVAP have also agreed on a vacation allowance of 500 euros for full-time employees and annual vacation of at least 28 days.

Making care for the elderly more attractive again through salary

“That is a decent minimum level, which of course leaves better collective agreements untouched,” explained Bühler. “This puts a stop to wage dumping, especially by commercial agencies.” The political decision to leave care for the elderly to economic competition caused wages to fall. “Today, care for the elderly is the occupation that is in short supply. With a collective agreement that ensures a minimum level of pay for all geriatric nurses by extending it to the entire care sector via the posted workers' law, the job is to become more attractive again, ”explained Bühler. “The proposed minimum wages are impressive. They are a significant increase compared to the previous minimum wage for care. "

Same salary in East and West Germany

In contrast to the minimum wage for nursing care, the outcome of the negotiations provides for the same pay in East and West Germany from the start. "On the 30th anniversary of the unification of Germany, we definitely do not want to allow lower pay for our colleagues in the East," said Bühler. Bühler called on the commercial care companies to finally give up their resistance to a nationwide collective bargaining agreement. “Elderly care needs good working conditions and adequate pay. This is the only way to find enough people for this important and wonderful job in the future, ”emphasized the trade unionist.

Higher training allowance in nursing from 2021

For the member companies of the BVAP, ver.di and the employers' association have also agreed on a collective agreement for trainees, which, however, cannot be extended.

  • From the beginning of next year, this collective agreement provides for remuneration of between 1,100 and 1,250 euros per month, depending on the year of training.
  • In September 2022 these amounts will increase to 1,250 to 1,400 euros.
  • In addition, there are regulations on assignments before and after teaching phases and surcharges as well as an annual special payment, days off to prepare for exams and 28 vacation days per year.

Source: ver.di report ...

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