Union welcomes strike ruling and calls for negotiations


The ver.di services union has welcomed the decision of the Berlin labour court to reject an application for an injunction to block a planned strike in the health sector. Ver.di members at the Vivantes and Charité health providers in Berlin had been waiting 100 days for management to respond to calls to negotiate a collective agreement, planning strike action at the end of August if the employer missed the union’s deadline. The union had established a clear plan to prepare for the strike and the workers that would be involved but had to postpone the action for a day in order to attend the labour court and get the injunction revoked. Ver.di has underlined its determination to negotiate and avoid further action if possible but warned that it would ballot members for an all-out strike if the employers failed to negotiate.

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