Germany -Doctors’ union negotiates pay increase -January 25, 2012

The Marburger Bund doctors’ trade union has agreed a pay increase of 2.9% for 50,000 doctors in 600 municipal hospitals with the VKA employers’ organisation. The agreement runs from 1 January to 31 December 2012 and in addition there is a lump sum payment of €440 to cover the period from September to December 2011, effectively after the previous agreement expired until the new one comes into effect. There are also changes to the pay scale with additional steps in three of the pay bands. The union had built up pressure before the last negotiation round. After negotiations broke off in December 2011, 93% of the Bund members voted in favour of a strike.

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