Caritas, the church-based care provider, has rejected the proposal to extend a new collective agreement to the whole of the eldercare sector which employs over 1 million workers. The agreement was recently negotiated between the ver.di services union and the BVAP eldercare employers’ organisation (see EPSU Collective Bargaining News February 2021 No.4) and sets a range of minimum standards for pay and leave. It means pay increases of 25% for some workers by 2023. Ver.di and the BVAP applied to the labour ministry for the agreement to be declared generally binding for the whole sector and this depended on support from the other main employers in the sector. Caritas’s rejection blocks this and ver.di argues that this plays into the hands of the private, for-profit employers that ver.di sees as responsible for low pay in the sector.
Church-based care provider rejects sector minimum wage
More like this
Workers in the Liebenau Leben im Alter (LLA) non-profit eldercare provider, part of the church-based Caritas network, have taken strike action for the first time in a campaign to get a collective agreement. There are around 1.8 million workers in church-based health and social care providers where pay and conditions are set by the employer rather than by collective agreement. Last year just four ver.di members began to organise in LLA but the union now has 240 members in the organisation who want their employer to recognise the work they have been doing during the pandemic and bring their pay