Germany - Union criticises government position on church employers - April 6, 2011

The ver.di services union has attacked the federal government for failing to take account of two recent regional court judgements which backed the union’s right to organise strike action against church employers. In a recent statement the Labour ministry said that church organisations had a special status in relation to the constitution and the issue of labour rights. Ver.di maintains that church employers are just like any other employers. They operate in the same labour markets, attempt to worsen pay and conditions and get together in employer associations (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 February, April and June 2010 and Year 4 March 2011).

English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/415

German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id ...

 

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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