Regional government agreement to apply to church employees

Germany

The ver.di trade union has reached a collective bargaining agreement with the EKBO evangelical church which employs approximately 8,000 employees. The wage increases that were agreed in regional government earlier this year will be taken over in full by the EKBO collective agreement, albeit with a slight time delay. There will be a tax-free one-off payment of €3000 to mitigate inflation followed by salary increases of €200 in January and a further 5.5% in March 2025 by which time full-time pay will be €340 higher per month. In addition, there are improvements to social and educational services and negotiations on the application of the capital city allowance as soon as it has been agreed in the state of Berlin. Further negotiations will then take place over a better classification of certain employee groups, an allowance for practical instructors and workplace health promotion. The deal was backed by more than 96% of ver.di members.

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