Health workers bargaining success

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Services union ver.di, representing health workers at university hospitals, has managed to win concessions from employers over hours and special payments. In line with trends in the rest of the public sector the employers had demanded a 40-hour week and cuts to Christmas and holiday pay. The final agreement involves a change in hours according to age. Those under 40 will work 39 hours (up 30 minutes) while those aged 40-55 will remain on 38.5 hours. Workers over 55 will get a 30-minute cut to 38 hours. The agreement also involves a lump sum payment for 2005 in addition to those offered for 2006 and 2007 and retention of Christmas and holiday pay, although at lower rates.
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