CoESS in mourning for BDSW Honorary President Wolfgang Waschulewski

CoESS is saddened to announce that the former member of the CoESS Social Dialogue Committee and BDSW Honorary President Wolfgang Waschulewski passed away on 20 June 2021 after a long serious illness.

Wolfgang Waschulewski represented the German Federal Association of the Security Industry (BDSW) in the CoESS Social Dialogue Committee for many years, shaping the outcomes of European Sectoral Social Dialogue for the Private Security Services. He will be remembered by CoESS and our members not only as a highly engaged and committed promoter of Social Dialogue, but also as a benevolent and constructive colleague.

“We were deeply saddened by the passing of Wolfgang Waschulewski. He rendered outstanding services to the European Sectoral Social Dialogue for the security industry for many years and CoESS owes him a great debt of gratitude for his commitment. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family,” said Catherine Piana, Director General of CoESS.

"The BDSW and its almost 1,000 member companies mourn the loss of Wolfgang Waschulewski," added BDSW’s president, Gregor Lehnert. In the past 30 years, nine of them as president, he had shaped the association like no other, said Lehnert.

His term of office included the introduction of a new two-year apprenticeship and, above all, the inclusion of private security services in the law on the posting of workers and the conclusion of a minimum wage agreement. As a result, the working conditions and above all the remuneration of the now almost 260,000 employees of the private security services were sustainably improved, said Lehnert. "It was not least thanks to Waschulewskis commitment that private security services were mentioned for the first time in 2009 in the Internal Security Programme of the Conference of Interior Ministers as a recognised component of the security architecture in Germany," said Gregor Lehnert.

"Wolfgang Waschulewskis great passion was collective bargaining policy," said the BDSWs Chief Executive Officer, Dr Harald Olschok. "There is no other representative of the BDSW who has been so committed to the autonomy of collective bargaining guaranteed by the Basic Law," said Olschok. He had rendered outstanding services to the social balance in our industry.

Due to his outstanding, decades-long voluntary commitment in the BDSW, in other related associations and also with his home club Viktoria Aschaffenburg, Wolfgang Waschulewski was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by Federal President Joachim Gauck on 1 August 2014.

"We will honour Wolfgang Waschulewskis memory. Our sympathy goes to his wife, his three children and two grandchildren," said BDSW President Lehnert.