Germany -Breakthrough after all-night negotiations in the public sector -April 01, 2012

German interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, who led the talks with the public service union Verdi, announced in Potsdam shortly before 7 a.m. on Saturday 31 March that the negotiators had reached an agreement. Verdi, representing 2 million public-sector workers, had been seeking a 6.5% rise for one year after years of accepting modest pay deals and had rejected an earlier offer of 3.3%. If the deal is approved by the union membership (members have a final say in a consultation between 11 and 25 April) public-sector workers will receive a 3.5% pay rise retroactive to March 1. They will receive a further 1.4% in January 2013 and another 1.4% pay rise in August 2013. The position of apprentices has been strengthened; after their qualification and a successful first year of service they will receive a permanent contract. Apprentices pay increases on 1 March 2012 with €50 and on 1 August 2013 with €40. The collective bargaining committee of the union approved the deal later on that Saturday.

German:  http://www.verdi.de/themen/geld-tarif/tarifrunde-oed-2012/++co … ;
http://www.wallstreet-online.de/nachricht/4895901-verdi-stimmt-einigungsvorschlag …

English: http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/03/31/germany-wages-idINDEE82 …

 

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