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Ministerin kündigt Experimentierphase für flexibles Arbeiten an

Veröffentlicht: 21 November 2016 Monday, 06:53  AM

Ministerin kündigt Experimentierphase für flexibles Arbeiten an

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Bonn, Nov 20 ( - In a two-year experimenting phase, Federal Minister of Labor Andrea Nahles wants to facilitate more flexible working in Germany. To this end, she planned an opening clause in the Arbeitszeitgesetz, as Nahles told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Saturday).

"If the tariff partners agree, one can open the framework of existing laws," Nahles said. "But only under two conditions: two years limited, scientifically accompanied, secured by collective agreements."

To this end an "experimentation clause" should be passed by the Federal Cabinet. "I am sure that next year`s start will come." The working time law should be changed, if at all, "if the experimenting phase shows that this is meaningful and necessary".

Collective partners should be able to agree on which groups and under what conditions openings are conceivable. Nahles introduced Bosch as an example of an ultimately successful agreement: "There employees wanted to go home early - for dinner and good-night stories - and voluntarily work on it after 8 pm, but the employer did not want to pay the due late pay allowance." By means of an employment agreement, the allowance for voluntary evening work was eliminated.

Today, Homeoffice often goes hand in hand with unfavorable conditions for workers. This is shown by a reply from the Federal Government to a request by the left-wing fraction: "There is more freedom for more work than in the job, but only 39 per cent of people who work regularly from home.

With a new "White Paper Working 4.0", she would present her proposals on the election time to the departmental coordination within the government at the end of November, announced Nahles. "This also includes the right to return from part-time to the previous working hours." The labor volume of women is below average - but many wanted to work more. "The law is supplemented by the possibility of negotiating with the employer about the situation of working hours."

The "White Paper Working 4.0" was preceded by a multi-month debate phase, initiated by Nahles. Trade unions, employers, associations and academics took part in discussions on how work in the digital era is changing and whether it needs new rules.

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