Hospital workers want to plug gaps in collective agreement

Germany
With negotiations set to begin over the main public sector agreement (federal and local government) members of ver.di in the hospital sector want to make sure their demands are dealt with. The union has been getting members involved in discussing the key demands by sending out questionnaires about the main issues. For example, unlike the rest of federal and local government, hospitals and old people’s homes are not covered by rules that take account of breaks in working time. This is the equivalent of 14 days a year and this extra time off would help hospital workers cope with increasing workloads. [Read more at > ver.di (DE)->http://drei.verdi.de/2009/ausgabe-32/leita/seite-1/3]

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