Verdi boss announces further warning strikes until Sunday

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Despite days of discussions, collective bargaining failed. Verdi has now announced further warning strikes in the public sector.

Participants in the warning strikeSven Hoppe/dpa

After the failure of collective bargaining in the public sector, the head of the Verdi union, Frank Werneke, announced further warning strikes. „Until the beginning of the peace obligation on Sunday, we are planning individual warning strikes in various areas, including daycare centers and clinics,“ he told the Süddeutsche Zeitung (Friday). However, it will primarily be information formats, and there are no plans to paralyze entire administrations or companies.

The federal and local authorities initiated arbitration on Thursday after not being able to reach an agreement with the unions in the third round of collective bargaining. As of this Sunday, there is a peace obligation for the time of the arbitration, so there may then be no more work stoppages for the time being.

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According to Werneke, there will be no more warning strikes until around mid-April. For the time after that he could not rule out anything. „If the result of the arbitration and the subsequent renewed negotiations are not sufficient, we would have to decide on a nationwide strike,“ he said. But Verdi is going into the arbitration constructively. In order for it to succeed, however, employers would have to “offer a sufficient amount of social compensation that they refused last night”.

The Verdi trade union and the civil servants‘ association dbb are demanding 10.5 percent more income, but at least 500 euros more per month for the 2.5 million employees in the public sector at federal and local level. According to Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD), the employers offered 8 percent more income and a minimum amount of 300 euros – plus a tax-free one-off payment of 3000 euros with a payment of 1750 euros in May.

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