Coffee industry / Brief overview

Brief overview of the collective agreement

editorial note Source: Gewerkschaft PRO-GE

Blue-collar workers / white-collar workers
Blue-collar workers

Applicable in

In force since
1 November 2019

Results of the latest round of negotiations
  • Increase of wages under the collective agreement by Ø 2.35%
  • Increase of allowances related to long-term employment by 2.35%
  • Increase of apprenticeship pay by 2.3%
  • Favourability principle applied for keeping overpayments unchanged

Minimum wage / minimum salary
  • Simple tasks: EUR 1,639.18
  • Tasks requiring qualification: from EUR 1,804.83 to EUR 2,079.30

Apprenticeship pay
Table I Table II
1st year of apprenticeship: EUR 727.80 EUR 837.00
2nd year of apprenticeship: EUR 935.70 EUR 1,076.10
3rd year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,351.50 EUR 1,554.20
4th year of apprenticeship: EUR 1,455.50 EUR 1,673.80

Table II applies to apprentices who commence their training after 1 March 2014 and who after their ninth year of education (compulsory schooling) participated in training, completed pre-vocational training (
) or attended school for another three years.

Supplements and allowances
Allowances related to long-term employment.

Working time
The regular working time is 38.5 hours per week.
Supplement for extra hours: usually 50%, during specified times 100% or 150%.

Notice periods
For employers:
up to 6 months 1 week
more than 6 months 6 weeks
more than 2 years 8 weeks
more than 5 years 13 weeks
more than 15 years 17 weeks
more than 25 years 21 weeks
For employees:
up to 6 months 1 week
more than 6 months 4weeks

Please note: Expiry of claims
Any claims arising from the employment relationship must be asserted within five months after they arose and/or became known, otherwise the claim expires.

Other results achieved regarding socio-political aspects
  • Annual leave bonus (
    ) and Christmas remuneration (
  • Anniversary bonuses