Germany - Deal agreed for regional government workers - March 22, 2011

A new collective agreement covering 585,000 employees in regional government has been approved by collective bargaining committee of the ver.di services union. The union negotiators were backed by warning strikes at the end of February and the beginning of March in Düsseldorf, Saarbrücken and Frankfurt, in which around 15,000 regional government employees were involved. There will be a lump sum payment of €360 (€120 for trainees) plus a pay increase of 1.5% from 1 April this year. Ver.di estimates this to be worth around 2.3% overall. There will be a further pay increase on 1 January 2012, consisting of 1.9% plus €17 (€6 for trainees) that ver.di calculates as an overall increase of 2.55%. The union also believes that a new pay structure, coming into effect from 1 January 2012, will mean that workers moving more rapidly to the next grade and that around two-thirds of employees should benefit directly from that change. Ver.di President Frank Bsirske called the result “quite acceptable, because as it stands now the real wages can be ensured”. Yet, Bsirske regretted that the federal states are sticking to their refusal of integrating improvements negotiated for teachers in the collective scales. Teachers, organized in the Education and Science Workers’ Union (GEW), took a quite active part in the warning strikes (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 December 2010 and Year 4 January 2011).


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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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