GDL and Go-Ahead: A highly promising collective agreement

Frankfurt am Main/Augsburg, 22 July 2019 – On 18 July 2019, Go-Ahead Bayern GmbH (GABY), based in Augsburg, entered into Go-Ahead’s collective agreement with the German train driver union Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivführer (GDL) in Berlin. Now, approximately one year after the development of the collective agreements of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH and Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg GmbH, another company is completely covered by the GDL agreement. This step is part of Go-Ahead’s philosophy to have a single collective agreement for the entire company, including when it comes to in-house agreements.

Improved quality of life
The well-known GDL collective agreement regulations concerning the personal security plan “Mehr Plan, mehr Leben” (“Plan more, live more”) will thus also apply at GABY as of 1 September 2019. These regulations will significantly improve the lives of employees. Additional key regulations will also take effect. For example, employees will be protected if they are incapable of carrying out driving duties, will be able to choose to have more holiday time if they wish, and will enjoy the benefits of a company-financed occupational pension scheme. Of course, at GABY there is also a 38-hour work week with competitive pay, while the wage tables for train drivers have also been structurally improved.

Subsidies for social purposes
Finally, on 1 January 2020, entry into FairnessbahNEn e.V., the joint organisation of the collective agreement parties for social purposes, will take place.  GDL members can benefit from exclusive subsidies for glasses, childcare, and health awareness weeks. The conclusion of the basic collective agreement and the guaranteed use of the GDL collective agreements in spite of the Act on Uniformity of Collective Agreements represent additional positive aspects of the agreement.

Development of the partnership
“We are happy to have not only expanded but also strengthened the tried-and-trusted collective agreement partnership with Go-Ahead on a long-term basis,” said Claus Weselsky, Federal Chairman of the GDL. “Together, we have a lot of plans for the future.” Go-Ahead’s Labour Relations Director Arnd Penner emphasised the significance of the collective agreement for the Bavarian labour market: “Satisfied employees are our greatest asset. Fair wages, better options for managing holidays and leisure time, and attractive social benefits represent a clear increase in the living and working standards of our employees. We will continue to travel this path with the GDL.”

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Go-Ahead Bayern GmbH
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