Public services union ver.di reports that in the second round of negotiations for regional government employees on 3 November the employers failed to submit an offer and flatly rejected all essential union demands. Thousands of members of ver.di and other public sector unions joined warning strikes at the beginning of the second round of negotiations to show the strength of support for the unions’ key demands. Ver.di says that employers are turning a blind eye to massive staff shortages, the stress endured by many workers and inadequate levels of pay, particularly in comparison to federal and local government. The union is also looking to ensure workers’ pay catches up with the high inflation experienced since the last agreement was signed in autumn 2021. Ver.di plans to massively expand the warning strikes in the lead up to the next bargaining round due on 7-8 December.
Regional government employers yet to make pay offer
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