Dhe labor dispute in the subsidiaries of Commerzbank increases in sharpness. After three days of work stoppages last week, the Verdi union is calling on workers for a five-day strike next week. This has very concrete effects on numerous Commerzbank customers. The annual tax certificates would be created in the ComTS. “The labor dispute there is also delaying the delivery,” said Verdi union secretary Stefan Wittmann. ComTS is responsible for compliance, loan processing and internal mail flows.
A spokeswoman for the bank, however, denied that between the delays in sending the annual tax certificates and the strikes there is a connection at ComTS.
Commerzbank did not succeed in sending some customers the annual tax certificate by October 31, the deadline for submitting the income tax return for 2021 (cf. FAZ of November 1, 2022). The cause of the breakdown, which makes it impossible for some customers to claim losses on securities transactions for tax purposes, is the outsourcing of securities processing to HSBC, which was abruptly stopped in 2021. According to earlier information from the bank, a “four-digit” number of customers is affected, both of Commerzbank itself and of the subsidiary Comdirect. The bank left it open how many customers are still waiting for their annual tax certificate.
Verdi calls for house wage agreement
The union’s demand for a house wage agreement for the 1,900 ComTS employees, according to the institute, has been around for some time. “Even if the minimum working conditions are not regulated by a collective agreement, the ComTS companies today offer good working conditions in a market comparison, which have been steadily improved in recent years – and in close coordination with the company employee representatives,” said a Commerzbank spokeswoman when asked .
With the strikes, the union also wants a minimum hourly wage of 14 euros, a 13th month’s salary and an end to the usual practice regulated in employment contracts that employees have to be available on call when there is a high workload.
Wittmann, who also represents the employees on the bank’s supervisory board, also announced that employees at Commerzbank AG who are to take over tasks from ComTS employees during the strike will call for solidarity strikes in the coming week. “The dispute is increasing in severity,” Wittmann told the FAZ
A spokeswoman for Commerzbank announced in turn that the Board of Management will in the coming year, after changes to the corporate structure within the ComTS companies and the change in the personnel department of the Board of Management, the call for negotiations from earnings will be reassessed with an open mind.
In the meantime, the collective bargaining partners have agreed on the inflation compensation premium, which was also on Verdi’s list of demands. The approximately 3,600 employees of the subsidiaries receive 2,000 euros with their December salary. The bank wants to pay 1,000 euros to employees who are subject to the collective agreement, and employees who are paid outside of the collective agreement are to receive 500 euros. According to the union, these are per capita amounts that also receive part-time employees. Commerzbank boss Manfred Knof had initially announced that employees would be paid a bonus next spring and had not yet decided on the amount.