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With regard to the possibilities, but also the challenges of digitisation, the VDMA continues to call for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
Especially cyclical industries such as the German mechanical and plant engineering industry are dependent on temporary employment in order to compensate for economic fluctuations. Although temporary employment is already regulated by law and collective bargaining law like hardly any other sector, politicians and trade unions repeatedly call for further regulations - up to and including a complete ban. It is a springboard in work, especially for the low-skilled and the long-term unemployed.
An innovative corporate culture is an essential prerequisite for surviving in a volatile and complex environment in the long term. At the VDMA conference "Transformation 4.0" we want to give impulses from operational practice as well as from consulting and science.
Since December 2018, the EU institutions have been negotiating a proposal for a regulation establishing an EU Labour Authority (ELA). A preliminary agreement was reached on 14.02.2019.
The EU Parliament, the EU Council and the EU Commission have reached a preliminary agreement on the Directive on transparent and reliable working conditions within the framework of the so-called trialogue on 7 February 2019. The planned Directive represents a recast of the previous Detection Directive 91/533/EEC.
Temporary work can play a key role in the recruitment and deployment of experts from other EU countries. In many cases, small and medium-sized companies in particular can hardly do without external support in the recruitment processes.
The Corporate Learning Community (CLC) is a non-commercial network of actors in operational personnel development. The activities of the community are aimed at innovative learning. Already in 2018 the VDMA took over the patronage for a so-called Learning Camp.
VDMA and IG Metall have joined forces with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in an "industry dialogue" in which they have committed themselves to using the economic opportunities arising from digitisation and artificial intelligence to secure the future of mechanical and plant engineering.
On the occasion of the latest labour market figures of the Federal Labour Office, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann demands that temporary employment in the recruitment of skilled workers from third countries should not be ruled out.
The law on the immigration of skilled workers and the law on acquiescence while in education and employment were passed on 19 December 2018. VDMA will participate in the consultations.
The CLC is a non-commercial network of actors in personnel development and focuses on innovative learning. Their activities fits very well into the initiatives of the VDMA.
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is desperately looking for skilled workers. In addition to a range of other measures such as training and flexible working hours, the immigration of skilled workers from third countries can also alleviate the shortage of skilled workers. The prerequisite, however, is that the planned Immigration Act for skilled workers is designed and implemented in a practical, transparent and unbureaucratic manner.
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann has made a clear commitment to collective bargaining autonomy. "It is evidence that employers and employees in general can largely regulate their relationship on their own." At best, the state should set a loose labour law framework, according to Brodtmann.
Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, has sharply criticised the pension package passed in the Bundestag with the votes of the CDU/CSU and SPD: "Basically, the money of our great-grandchildren is already being spent today".
The latest labour market figures of the Federal Employment Agency show a rampant shortage of skilled workers. According to Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, the Federal Government is jointly responsible for this.
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
The German government has agreed on key points for an immigration law. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann calls for a law that is practicable for the industry.
VDMA: Workforce expansion is remarkable, but not sufficient for production requirements - Production in the first four months of 2018 has increased by 4.2 percent
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