Tariff clash: Unions announce warning strikes in public service

There is no agreement on collective bargaining in the public sector of the Länder. The collective bargaining association of German Länder also did not submit an employer offer during the negotiation round in Potsdam. The unions therefore quit for the coming week warning strikes throughout Germany. "You have to say that we are miles away from a breakthrough," said service provider ver.di, Frank Bsirske. On central issues, there is still no approximation.

In the coming weeks, work stoppages can be expected in all countries, such as the tax administration, teachers and university hospitals, Bsirske said. In Berlin, actions are planned in the next week in any case. In the next round of negotiations, a breakthrough must be achieved. An important goal is improvements for nurses. Here, "something really has to happen" in order to make the profession more attractive and attractive.

The kick-off will be a warning strike on Wednesday in Berlin, as spokesman for the union of the police, the union education and science, the IG BAU and ver.di announced. According to this, tens of thousands of employees are called for warning strikes between 10 am and 3 pm. According to GEW data, 17,000 employed teachers are called up in Berlin for a warning strike. Even educators should participate.

"Now we have to raise the number of blows on the ground, in the factories and offices, and expand our protests, demos and warning strikes," announced Volker Geyer, Deputy Chairman and Fellow of the Civil Service Association dbb. "We apologize to the citizens concerned, but the employers leave us no choice." Especially at university clinics, road maintenance, schools, youth welfare offices and in the tax administration will be in the next few weeks with restrictions.

"There is no progress"

Dbb boss Ulrich Silberbach accused the employer side to pursue a halting tactic: "progress there is none." There was no talk of income increases. The dbb now wants to expand protests, demonstrations and warning strikes. Restrictions can be expected, for example, in road maintenance.

The country's negotiator, Berlin Finance Senator Matthias Kollatz (SPD), said there was no need for warning strikes. "We have been constructively looking for ways to approach each other." A package you can lace up, if you have further questions discussed. So far you are not now after the second round. Employers are interested in finding a negotiated solution and are seeking this for the next round.

Ver.di and the civil servants dbb demand six for the employees
Percent more money, but at least 200 euros more a month. The term of a new collective agreement
should be one year. The countries reject the claims as excessive
back. The next round of negotiations will take place on 28th February and 1st March. A degree is to be transferred to 2.3 million civil servants and pension recipients in countries and municipalities. Hesse does not belong to the collective bargaining community of German states and conducts its own talks.