The ver.di services union has already begun preparations for the next bargaining round for the collective agreement that covers 2.3 million workers in federal and local government. The current agreement runs until the end of 2022 but ver.di wants to ensure that as many members as possible are involved in the consultation over the pay claim which should be decided in October. The union is urging members to complete an online questionnaire that is available in Germany, English, Turkish, Polish and Arabic. It is also encouraging members to volunteer to become “collective bargaining ambassadors” and so provide information on updates on negotiations to their fellow workers. The previous agreement was negotiated in 2020, during the pandemic, and included pay increases of 1.4% (minimum €50 a month) in April 2021 and 1.8% in April 2022, along with a COVID bonus and additional increases for nursing staff.
Union prepares for bargaining covering 2.3 million workers
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The ver.di services union has given notice of the end of the current agreement covering 2.3 million workers in federal and municipal government on 31 August. This confirms that negotiations will get underway and the union is looking for an appropriate pay increase to recognise the hard work done by its members particularly during the current crisis. At a meeting with employers earlier this month there had been a discussion about the possibility of postponing bargaining until next year and giving all workers a lump sum payment this year as an interim measure. However, the union says the
Ver.di and other public service unions have negotiated what is seen as respectable deal in a challenging bargaining environment that delivers a 1.4% pay rise for all workers on 1 April 2021 with a further 1.8% increase in April 2022. The agreement runs until 21 December 2022. The pay increase in 2021 is backed with a 50 Euro a month minimum which means that the lowest paid workers will see pay increase by 2.59%. Meanwhile, nursing staff will get 70 Euros a month additional payment from March 2021, rising to 120 Euros in 2022. Other payments for health and care workers include an increase in
The trade union movement continues to campaign for a national, legal minimum wage but in the mean time the introduction of sectoral minimum rates has now spread to nine sectors. The rates range from €6.53 an hour in the security industry in the east to €12.95 in the construction industry in the west. Other rates include €8.24 in waste management and €7.50 (east) and €8.50 (west) in care services. Read more at > Hans Boeckler (DE)