Germany - Call for solidarity between civil servants and public employees - January 21, 2010

The DGB union confederation and the ver.di services union have joined in responding to claims that civil servants are a privileged group of workers. They point out that civil servants in the Berlin region, for example, are effectively paid no more than they were in 2003 as a result of cuts to Christmas and holiday payments. Far from being privileged, according to the DGB and ver.di, civil servants such as teachers have to move to stay in work while the emergency services are on-call at all hours of the day. Civil servants also have no right to strike. The key issue for confederation and union is that in the lead up to pay negotiations for federal and local government workers, there needs to be solidarity between civil servants and public employees and they should not be played off against each other.

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/335;    

German: http://www.verdi.de/nachrichten/newsArchive?channel=nachrichten&id …

 

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