Labour Market Policy News

10.04.2019
The German mechanical and plant engineering industry can draw a proud balance for its companies on the occasion of the vocational training report adopted by the Federal Government on Wednesday: The number of trainees in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector rose again in 2018.
28.02.2019
With regard to the possibilities, but also the challenges of digitisation, the VDMA continues to call for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
28.02.2019
Especially cyclical industries such as the German mechanical and plant engineering industry are dependent on temporary employment in order to compensate for economic fluctuations. Although temporary employment is already regulated by law and collective bargaining law like hardly any other sector, politicians and trade unions repeatedly call for further regulations - up to and including a complete ban. It is a springboard in work, especially for the low-skilled and the long-term unemployed.
27.02.2019
"Digitisation must become a top topic in engineering science university teaching", emphasises Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Executive Director of the VDMA, on the occasion of the annual report published on 27 February by the Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI).
21.02.2019
Since December 2018, the EU institutions have been negotiating a proposal for a regulation establishing an EU Labour Authority (ELA). A preliminary agreement was reached on 14.02.2019.
21.02.2019
The EU Parliament, the EU Council and the EU Commission have reached a preliminary agreement on the Directive on transparent and reliable working conditions within the framework of the so-called trialogue on 7 February 2019. The planned Directive represents a recast of the previous Detection Directive 91/533/EEC.
12.02.2019
VDMA and IG Metall have joined forces with the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in an "industry dialogue" in which they have committed themselves to using the economic opportunities arising from digitisation and artificial intelligence to secure the future of mechanical and plant engineering.
31.01.2019
On the occasion of the latest labour market figures of the Federal Labour Office, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann demands that temporary employment in the recruitment of skilled workers from third countries should not be ruled out.
21.01.2019
The law on the immigration of skilled workers and the law on acquiescence while in education and employment were passed on 19 December 2018. VDMA will participate in the consultations.
19.12.2018
The mechanical and plant engineering industry is desperately looking for skilled workers. In addition to a range of other measures such as training and flexible working hours, the immigration of skilled workers from third countries can also alleviate the shortage of skilled workers. The prerequisite, however, is that the planned Immigration Act for skilled workers is designed and implemented in a practical, transparent and unbureaucratic manner.
19.12.2018
After years of ideologically coloured debates, the VDMA believes that the planned Immigration of Skilled Workers Act is an important step in the right direction.
03.12.2018
VDMA: Development should not be prematurely slowed down by tight regulations - Mechanical Engineering Industry Association publishes position paper on AI
15.11.2018
VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann has made a clear commitment to collective bargaining autonomy. "It is evidence that employers and employees in general can largely regulate their relationship on their own." At best, the state should set a loose labour law framework, according to Brodtmann.
08.11.2018
Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, has sharply criticised the pension package passed in the Bundestag with the votes of the CDU/CSU and SPD: "Basically, the money of our great-grandchildren is already being spent today".
30.10.2018
The latest labour market figures of the Federal Employment Agency show a rampant shortage of skilled workers. According to Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of the VDMA, the Federal Government is jointly responsible for this.
11.10.2018
Bureaucratic hurdles for the posting of workers are a burden for the mechanical engineering industry. In Brussels, the VDMA discussed possible easements in the posting of employees with representatives from politics and industry.
10.10.2018
In view of the challenges posed by digitisation, the VDMA calls for the urgently overdue reform of the Working Hours Act.
02.10.2018
The German government has agreed on key points for an immigration law. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann calls for a law that is practicable for the industry.
01.10.2018
The very far-reaching requirements for the posting of workers to other EU countries make it increasingly difficult for German mechanical engineering companies to do business within the EU Single Market.
25.06.2018
VDMA: Workforce expansion is remarkable, but not sufficient for production requirements - Production in the first four months of 2018 has increased by 4.2 percent
10.01.2018
In 2017 the demand for labour rose significantly. The last time the number of additional job offerings was as high as present has been in 2007.

Labour 4.0 News

10.04.2019
The German mechanical and plant engineering industry can draw a proud balance for its companies on the occasion of the vocational training report adopted by the Federal Government on Wednesday: The number of trainees in the German mechanical and plant engineering sector rose again in 2018.
08.04.2019
An innovative corporate culture is an essential prerequisite for surviving in a volatile and complex environment in the long term. At the VDMA conference "Transformation 4.0" we want to give impulses from operational practice as well as from consulting and science.
26.03.2019
Digitalisation not only changes organisational and production processes - it will also lead to further changes in the world of work. Do we need a new "digital" labour law? Together with experts from the law firm Taylor Wessing, these and far more questions will be discussed on June 25 2019.
15.02.2019
Deputy VDMA Executive Director Hartmut Rauen considers the use of Artificial Intelliegnz to be largely uncritical, even if a discussion about its ethical dimensions is important, said Rauen on the occasion of the Bundestag debate on the AI strategy of the Federal Government.
14.02.2019
Industrie 4.0 places new demands on the qualifications and skills of employees. The education of engineers at universities, as well as vocational training and continuing education must keep up with technological change and must be adapted. Qualified specialists are more in demand than ever - VDMA is now presenting a target profile for engineers 4.0 for the first time.
22.01.2019
Tomorrow's world of work must not be regulated to the letter. The ILO's proposals go to the wrong direction.
11.01.2019
Also the EU Parliament is intensively discussing how the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be politically addressed. On 14th January, the European Parliament's Industry Committee will vote on a report in which MEPs set out their views on the future of AI.
03.12.2018
VDMA: Development should not be prematurely slowed down by tight regulations - Mechanical Engineering Industry Association publishes position paper on AI
Fabian Seus
Fabian Seus
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In 2019 the VDMA takes over the patronage for the CLC again
The CLC is a non-commercial network of actors in personnel development and focuses on innovative learning. Their activities fits very well into the initiatives of the VDMA.