In a challenging bargaining environment services union ver.di secured a 2.8% pay increase for 1.1 million regional government employees plus a tax-free payment of €1300. Health workers are to get more money through increases in allowances. The lump sum will be paid early in the new year (trainees, interns and students are to get €650) while the pay increase will take effect on 1 December 2022 as part of the 24-month agreement. The union estimates that the combination of the €1300 lump sum, the 1.4% increase in January 2021 (part of the previous agreement) and the 2.8% in December 2022 should just compensate for inflation over the course of 2021-22 but acknowledges that overall the 2.8% was unsatisfactory. There was a better result for health workers who will be seeing increases to a range of allowances such as the intensive care and infection allowance at university hospitals that will be increased from €90 to €150 euros. Ver.di estimates that intensive care nurses will see an average monthly income increase of €230 euros with more than €180 for physiotherapists and €220 for laboratory occupations. The union sees these as intermediate steps to improving working conditions in the healthcare sector.
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