Strike action secures higher pay increase

Church employers, providing mainly health and social services, have finally conceded the first increase to pay rates since 2004 following several actions by members of ver.di in October 2008, May 2009 and again in September 2009. There are three elements to the pay increases. There is a flat-rate rise that benefits the lowest paid workers in particular, following the example of the public sector agreement negotiated in 2008. Then there are two percentage increases of 4% (backdated to 1 June 2009) and 1.5% in March 2010 (or from December 2009 for hospital workers covered by the agreement). [Read more at > ver.di (DE)->]

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