In addition to the pilot contract for the metallurgical and electrical industry in south-west Germany, employers and IG Metall have also negotiated a collective branch agreement for temporary workers throughout the German electrical and metallurgical industry. On 22 May 2012, VGZ`s chief negotiator, Thomas Boumer, published a press article on the agreed supplements for temporary workers in the metal labour sector. He stressed that the additional costs of the recent compromise had to be borne by the user companies. He also stressed that this would have a negative impact on the labour market, particularly with regard to the employment prospects of the low-skilled labour force. A few days later, another collective agreement was signed, this time for temporary workers in the sector. The main employment contract in the manufacturing sector, the multi-employer collective agreement for metals and manufacturing, has been concluded. It is significant that the works councils have obtained more participation rights and that they can request negotiations to regulate the use of temporary workers by an enterprise contract. The themes of such an agreement can range from the purpose and field of intervention, from the extent of temporary work to the permanent employment of these workers. The collective agreement provides that companies that are forced to deviate from these options will deviate. When a company is experiencing serious economic difficulties to the extent that its level of employment is affected, it is not required to comply with these clauses for apprentices. The same applies when there are personal reasons for the continued employment of an apprentice.
In the first case, the Works Council must approve the delay, in the second case, only management must give its consent. On 19Thr 2012, rainer Dulger, President of the city, welcomed the recent compromise in the metallurgical industry (see press release). According to him, the new agreement has allowed companies to be flexible in regulating the attachment of skilled apprentices and the employment of temporary workers.