24.01.2020

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz visits the VDMA

The world is changing, and politics and industry alike are facing major challenges. For Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, this is about nothing less than a global realignment of the political and economic power structure. He made this clear at the annual meeting of the board of directors of the machine and plant manufacturers.

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14.01.2020

"Rules for short-time work must be changed now"

The reluctance of the automotive industry to invest is a burden for the mechanical engineering sector, too. In order to avoid staff cuts, the conditions for extending short-time work must now be set.

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03.12.2019

"Schools will be left behind by digitization."

The latest PISA study by the OECD does not give Germany's schools a good report. The head of the VDMA education department, Dr. Jörg Friedrich, calls for technical instruction to be included in the curriculum.

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25.11.2019

VDMA is against "collective bargaining by state order"

According to a recent VDMA member survey, only just under a third of German mechanical engineering companies still practise the industry-wide collective agreement. However, the VDMA is firmly opposed to attempts by the Grand Coalition to enforce collective bargaining through political pressure.

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Finance Minister Olaf Scholz visits the VDMA
"Rules for short-time work must be changed now"
"Schools will be left behind by digitization."
VDMA is against "collective bargaining by state order...

07.01.2020

A new policy for Europe

Mechanical and plant engineering is a thoroughly European industry. Europe is not only the largest sales market for our products. Europe is also our innovation area and the home of our networks. If industrial SMEs are to remain globally competitive, we need the EU as a strong voice in the world and as a political force that sets the right framework conditions for the forthcoming transformations of our industry.

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28.11.2019

Collective bargaining must remain a matter for the social partners

The German mechanical and plant engineering industry is no exception: more and more companies are opting out of the collective bargaining agreement. According to a recent VDMA survey, only 29 percent of machine builders are still bound by a sectoral collective agreement. The Grand Coalition is trying to force collective bargaining through legal measures - to the detriment of non-tariff companies. The VDMA sees this as a violation of the freedom of association enshrined in the Basic Law.

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A new policy for Europe
Collective bargaining must remain a matter for the social ...