After two and a half years of negotiations, the trade unions LCGB and OGBL and employers have finalised the new collective labour agreement for the construction sector.
Talks had been going on since 2016 and became heated in spring this year. They culminated in demonstrations this summer, when OGBL and LCGB encouraged employees to take to the streets in Luxembourg City and Esch-sur-Alzette.
The collective work agreement, which had already been agreed by all parties in October 2018, was formally signed on 4 December. It will be effective for three years starting 1 January 2019 and aims to improve the working conditions of almost 18,000 employees in the construction sector. They can expect a total increase of 2.4% in salaries, extended over three years: 1% in 2019, 0.7% in 2020 and another 0.7% in 2021. There will be a rise in the end-of-the-year bonus from 5% to 7% and an additional two days off per year.
Workers will now have the right to undergo professional training in order to rise to a more favourable income bracket, without needing approval from their employers. The obligatory continuous professional training for truck drivers will now also be reimbursed.