Ver.di breaks new ground with welfare sector agreement

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Ver.di has broken new ground by signing a collective agreement covering around 37000 workers employed by the social welfare organisations of the Protestant church in Lower Saxony. Until now the various church and religious organisations that provide much of Germany's health and social care have refused to sign collective agreements. Instead pay and conditions have been determined by special committees rather than by negotiations between employers and trade unions. Although the issue of the right to strike for employees the sector is still up for debate, ver.di sees the agreement in Lower Saxony is a step forward. It will reflect the provisions of the general public sector agreement and ver.di will aim to start negotations over increased pay rates. It is hoped that negotiations will follow with other social welfare organisations to negotiate an agreement covering the 120000 who work in elder care in the region.
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