Collective bargaining has started in the public sector. Verdi Munich prepares for strikes.
Updated on January 25
Munich – Negotiations are likely to be difficult, because according to the Verdi Munich regional association, the employer side has refused a minimum amount intended to help people in the lowest income groups.
Furthermore, employers’ associations do not see a general shortage of workers in the public sector, reports Verdi Munich. “And they, as businessmen, are not responsible for compensating for the high rate of inflation, but the politicians,” the accusation specifies.
“In order to bring the employers back down to earth, Verdi is preparing for strikes in the Munich metropolitan area,” says Heinrich Birner, Managing Director of Verdi Munich, adding: “We will start the preparations in the companies and departments of the federal government and municipalities with immediate effect upon strikes”.
Collective bargaining for the public sector has started. The boss of Munich Verdi even considers that the demands of the employees are too moderate.
First report: January 24
Munich/Potsdam – Whether in kindergartens, rubbish collection or care, employees in the public sector have been complaining about low wages for years. Today, the earnings of some 2.5 million federal and local employees are the focus of collective bargaining.
In Potsdam, the salary round of the Verdi trade unions and the dbb civil servants’ association on the one hand and the association of municipal employers’ associations (VKA) and the Federal Ministry of the Interior on the other hand begins. Nationwide warning strikes are possible, she says dpa with.
Starting collective bargaining in the public sector: what is required?
Verdi and the dbb demand loud dpa 10.5 percent more income, but at least 500 euros more per month. The VKA had rejected the demands as “unaffordable”.
The income of garbage collectors, educators, nurses, lawyers and bus drivers, among others, is negotiated. Thousands of professions are affected, including firefighters, geriatric nurses, sewage treatment plant workers, forest rangers, and doctors. The effects of warning strikes on citizens could be correspondingly large.
Verdi boss: Wages without a pay rise would fall 14 percent
“In the nearly 22 years that I have been a member of Verdi’s national executive board, I have never seen such determination on the part of employees to actively participate in the collective bargaining movement as I do today,” said Verdi Chairman Werneke. dpa.
Werneke also sees strong inflationary pressure likely to ease a bit this year compared to 2022. dpa there is no reason to relax. Verdi’s boss confirmed in the Sueddeutsche Zeitungthat real wages would fall by as much as 14 percent without a wage increase. At the turn of the year he had still assumed 16 percent.
A significant salary increase is required in the Munich metropolitan area
Verdi Munich and Region also considers a significant salary increase for employees of companies and offices of the federal government, cities and municipalities in the Munich metropolitan area “absolutely necessary”.
“Given the rate of inflation for 2022 and the forecast for cost-of-living inflation in the current year, this is actually a very moderate demand. In particular, some of the employees in the lower salary brackets no longer know how to make ends meet financially,” says Heinrich Birner, Managing Director of ver.di Munich and the region.
I hope that employers take the high cost of living in expensive metropolitan areas like Munich seriously and come up with an offer that public sector employees can live with. Every day there are complaints about the shortage of employees in day care centers, hospitals, care centers, social services, IT departments or at airports. That is why you have to act now. The problems can only be solved in combination with significantly higher wages and better working conditions.
How are the bosses reacting?
The Association of Municipal Employers’ Associations (VKA) had already called the implementation “simply not affordable” after the filing of the demands in October.
“We understand the concerns of employees in view of the current high inflation, but municipal employers are also in an extremely difficult situation,” said VKA chairwoman Karin Welge, SPD mayor of Gelsenkirchen.
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