Strikes in private waste industry

Germany
Around 4,000 workers in 21 private waste companies in the North-Rhine Westfalia region have taken strike action following the failure to make progress after the second round of collective bargaining in the sector. Ver.di says that the employers latest offer will mean that the 20,000 workers in the sector nationwide will get no pay increase to cover the period between January and April 2008 and that the 3% on offer for the 12 months to April 2009 only comes with a one-hour increase in the working week to 38 hours. The employers are also offering 2.5% for next year but with a further one-hour increase in working time. [Read more at > ver.di (DE)->http://presse.verdi.de/landesbezirke/pm2008/0415nrw_2]

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