Tourism industry demands more flexible working hours

Tourism industry demands more flexible working hours

Less bureaucracy, more flexible working hours – and as quickly as possible: the tourism industry has called on the federal government to take swift and concrete measures to improve the industry’s competitiveness.

The secretary general of the federal association of the german tourism industry (BTW), michael rabe, told the deutsche presse-agentur that up to now, companies have lost far too much time and money due to "excessive bureaucracy and regulations that are not in line with actual practice".

The german hotel and restaurant association (dehoga) also called on politicians to take concrete action. "For us, these include, first and foremost, the long overdue flexibilization of the working hours act, the consistent reduction of bureaucracy, as well as the urgently needed fair taxation of the hospitality industry," said dehoga president guido zollick to dpa.

Neunkirchen am brand: can judge mayor?

Neunkirchen am Brand: Can Judge Mayor?

Mayor heinz richter () did not get off scot-free in a special session of the municipal council. Rather, the CSU and SPD factions questioned his leadership qualities. Trust had also suffered, not least because of the financial damage to the community. Whether the municipal insurance would pay retroactively was uncertain. The reason for the criticism of the mayor and administration were the three audit reports on the results of the municipal audit, the years 2006 to 2015 comprehensively.

In demand several times

These audit reports were not dealt with, but were only now finally available to the market town councils – after several inquiries by the SPD. The municipal auditing association has audited the annual financial statements of the municipality, the internal processes and compliance with the relevant laws. But simply as if nothing had happened, the councillors did not want to go over to business as usual. Too much was in their opinion in the argen, which had to be addressed nevertheless.

Martin walz (CSU) was outraged that the matter is only being discussed now, even though the community has suffered financial damage. In addition, the supervisory authority has already intervened.

Ig metall focuses on companies

IG metall focuses on companies

In the dispute over the 35-hour week in the eastern german metal and electrical industry, IG metall is preparing negotiations with individual large companies.

The thread of communication with the employers’ association gesamtmetall has not been severed, said the first chairman of the union, jorg hofmann, at the union conference of his organization in nuremberg. However, IG metall was systematically preparing to "tackle the issue on a company-by-company basis". The sites of major car manufacturers such as VW, BMW or porsche in the eastern german states are particularly suitable for this purpose.

For more than 20 years, trade unions and employers in the industry have been arguing about the 35-hour week, which has been in force everywhere in the west since 1996. IG metall last failed with a strike for equalization in 2003. Even in the current collective agreement from the beginning of 2018, 38 hours are still stipulated. At the beginning of october, IG metall declared the talks with the eastern german employers to be over. According to the employers’ association for the metalworking industry, just under 500 employees worked in the.000 people in the metal and electrical industry in eastern germany. A year earlier, 80 of them were employed under collective bargaining agreements.000.