Preparing for regional negotiations


In October, negotiations will begin over a new collective agreement covering 800000 employees in regional government. Although not strictly speaking part of the negotiations, around 1.4 million civil servants in regional and local authorities will also be covered by the pay and conditions negotiated in the agreement. Ver.di is urging members to get involved in the debates around the negotiations and respond to surveys to indicate their main concerns. The union is warning that the TdL employers’ organisation will make it a tough bargaining round with arguments about the lack of funds for pay rises. However, ver.di is also alerting members to the prospect that the TdL will call into question the basis for allocating jobs to the pay structure. It fears that, with cost savings in mind, the TdL wants to reclassify elements of different jobs with the possibility that they will be moved down the pay structure.

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