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Negotiations over public sector income continue | 12/8/23

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Negotiations over public sector income continue |  12/8/23

POTSDAM (dpa-AFX) – Unions and employers have continued their collective bargaining for the federal states’ public services. For this purpose, the leaders of Verdi and the civil service association dbb met with the negotiators of the Collective Bargaining Association of German States (TdL) in Potsdam on Friday. At the start of the current third round of negotiations the day before, both sides declared their willingness to reach a conclusion.

As the German Press Agency learned from negotiating circles, the states had made various offers for the individual union demands. However, intensive discussions are still necessary, it was said. It was therefore still unclear whether there would actually be a breakthrough in Potsdam. It was considered likely that the negotiations would last until Saturday.

The income of around one million employees in the states is being negotiated. In the past few weeks, employees at universities, university hospitals and other state institutions had already drawn attention to their concerns with warning strikes. If the negotiations in Potsdam fail, further strikes are expected. The unions are demanding 10.5 percent more income, but at least 500 euros more, more money for employees in the city states of Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen and collective wages for student employees.

The current warning strike on the railways also plays a role in Potsdam. At noon, the head of the train drivers’ union GDL, Claus Weselsky, wanted to speak at a rally at the venue in Potsdam. “Both collective bargaining rounds are about appreciation for the work done by colleagues, about retaining and recruiting employees, and about securing and strengthening the public infrastructure,” says a statement from dbb. The GDL is a member of the umbrella organization dbb. In the GDL’s tariff dispute with the railways, train drivers have been paralyzing large parts of rail traffic in Germany since Thursday evening with a nationwide warning strike./bw/DP/nas

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