On the occasion of the insolvency of the bamberg company kaliko textile (FT from 4. July), the local branch of the IG metall union has spoken out. The claim of the management that 13. The fact that the employees’ monthly salary is the reason for the current insolvency petition has no basis whatsoever, according to a statement by the trade union.
The 1. Matthias gebhardt, authorized representative of IG metall bamberg, emphasizes that this claim "deflects attention from management errors and expensive consultant fees on the backs of the employees and the representatives of their interests" becomes. "It is an affront and a testimony of poverty to present a special payment of the employees as a trigger for the application for insolvency", according to gebhardt.
The payment itself accounts for about 2.5 percent of annual sales and 7.5 percent of the employees’ annual compensation, according to the trade unionist.
Furthermore, during the recently held collective bargaining talks, the company’s collective bargaining commission and the union for metal, engineering and electronics (IG metall) had signaled an accommodation of about half of the special annual payment. The company has rejected this claim.
The statement goes on to say: "this said 13. The monthly income was not negotiated in the insolvency proceedings in 2013, but is based on a collective agreement for special annual payments in the bavarian textile and clothing industry that has been in force since 1997." It was therefore possible to plan at any time. "Therefore, it cannot be said that this payment obligation comes as a surprise and is the cause of the company’s payment difficulties."
Rather, it is true that since 2004 the employees of bamberger kaliko have regularly supported the company by foregoing benefits due under collective bargaining agreements and also by increasing working hours without wage compensation, thus keeping it alive at all, said matthias gebhardt. As a result of the 2013 collective bargaining agreement to secure the site, the company is still paying five percent less than the flat wage for textiles and clothing and is also working 38 hours instead of 37.