Union launches petition for equal rights for church employees

Germany

The trade union ver.di has launched a petition calling on the government to ensure equal rights for workers employed by church organisations. Currently special rules apply to the major protestant and catholic employers who employ around 1.8 million people and run many health and care services, including hospitals, nursing homes and services, facilities for the disabled and youth welfare, emergency services, daycare centres, etc. As, ver.di points out, these are financed almost exclusively from tax revenues and social security contributions. Employees of these bodies have fewer protections against dismissal and fewer co-determination rights. Ver.di also stresses that church employers evade collective bargaining agreements, outsource services and use temporary work and fixed-term employment contracts without real justification.

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