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Kaufhof wants to cut severance pay

After the Acquisition by Karstadt to get the Kaufhof employees less money, if you are terminated. This is illegal, say lawyers.

Michael Kläsgen Michael Kläsgen

focuses on the topic of Buying and shopping, so Commerce, online and offline. He was two years in the parents time, as a correspondent in Paris for the SZ and the time, as well as SZ-country correspondent in NRW. He studied in Konstanz, London and Tel Aviv and a doctorate in Berlin to the middle East conflict. In addition to the Dissertation, he graduated from the German school of journalism. Instead of the Bundeswehr, he cut roses in Israel. Michael Kläsgen received the German-French journalism prize, and has published in periodicals, and wrote books.

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were A Kaufhof employees has photographed the notice Board immediately, and ever since, he is among the up to 5,000 of the termination and threatened the employees of the Karstadt acquired house the round. In summary, the content of the short letter is as follows: the washed-employees, the severance payments could be reduced. Literally, it says in the Letter: "The negotiators from the employer (Galeria Kaufhof), Dr. Seitz, has expressed ... that the employer is not willing to, the current GBV (total operating agreement, editor's note. d. Red.) to meet, in particular in the point of severance payments." The Letter hangs in the warehouse, Perky, but not only for logistics but also for the store employees.

Kaufhof keeps the overall operating agreement of 2015 officially valid. When it was completed, Kaufhof stood economically, however, much better than it is today, it is officially. Generally speaking, it is common practice that social plans in case of operational changes, such as in the case of the Acquisition of Kaufhof by Karstadt to be adapted to the concrete economic Situation. From this we can conclude that the severance payments should not be paid out in the 2015 intended height. In the top you are for some employees in a maximum of two annual gross salaries.

attorneys on the employee side, however, are convinced that employees are entitled to compliance with the operating agreement. One of them says: "Against the applicable collective agreements failed, according to the works Constitution act is unlawful." Peter Zysik, the Chairman of the General works Council, says: "The severance pay will be part of the social plan negotiations. The have not yet begun. We will, however, get the Best for our employees." He also says that it will probably come to redundancies.

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