Unions sign agreement over future bargaining

Services union ver.di and the Marburger Bund doctors' union have reached an agreement with the social welfare organisation of the Protestant church in Lower Saxony. This marks a move away from the church's previous practice of excluding the trade unions. As a first step the unions negotiated a pay increase for the 30,000 employees of the church in Lower Saxony. Most workers will get 5.5% in three stages but the employers would only agree to 2.5% for workers involved in eldercare. [Read more at > ver.di (DE)->http://www.verdi.de/themen/nachrichten/++co++3b89eb88-c379-11e2-aa37-52540059119e]

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