Lower Saxony and Bremen
Higher wages for hotel and restaurant staff
Hanover (dpa / lni) – The approximately 120,000 employees of the hotel industry in Lower Saxony are receiving more money. At the end of their collective bargaining on Thursday night, the Food-Genuss-Gaststätten (NGG) union and the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (Dehoga) agreed to gradually increase wages over a two-year period. As announced by the NGG on Friday, full-time employees will receive an additional gross total of €580. The NGG did not provide information on an average percentage increase.
A first step will take effect from May with an absolute increase of initially EUR 1.48. According to the NGG, for employees in the lowest wage group, this means an increase in hourly wages from €9.82 to €11.30. Starting in October, the rates will be increased in three more steps until April 2024 for a total of 2.30 euros.
Apprentices also receive more wages. His monthly salary will increase by 100 euros per year of apprenticeship from August this year. From August 2023 another 50 euros will be added.
According to the union, the agreement marks an important step in making the industry “again more attractive and sustainable”. In the Corona crisis, several employees left the catering sector due to the business decline and found a different orientation. Many companies have also complained about a shortage of skilled workers for a long time.