Strike action pays off - regions return to negotiations

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The long strike by sections of public sector workers across Germany has achieved an initial success in getting the regional employers back to the negotiating table. Talks are set to resume on 18 May but the union plans to keep up the pressure until then. Members are being encouraged to support continuing strike action and any other campaigning initiatives to ensure that their message gets across - no to longer working hours. EPSU and its Belgian affiliates organised a solidarity vigil on 17 May outside the Brussels offices of the Lower Saxony region. Hartmut Mollring, the region's finance minister, is head of the regional employers' negotiating team.
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