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.
Preparing for regional negotiations
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Negotiations for a new collective agreement covering the state sector will begin in mid-January and the FNV trade union has surveyed members to identify the main priorities. Over 80% of respondents said that it was important for the union to maintain its proposed claim for a 5% pay increase. The feeling was that this was necessary to cover cost of living increases and recruit and retain staff. Members were also keen on an allowance for working from home or support to cover any costs related to home working. Early retirement is also on the agenda while the FNV will be looking for measures to