Germany -Union wants 6.5% increase for public sector workers -March 01, 2012

In the upcoming negotiations covering workers in federal and local government, the ver.di services union is calling for a 6.5% pay increase with a minimum guaranteed rise of €200 that would benefit lower paid employees. The union also wants to see apprentices offered permanent jobs and an increase of €100 to the apprentice allowance. Ver.di argues that public sector workers saw the value of their pay fall by 0.6% in real terms last year and they need a decent increase so that they don’t get left behind by the private sector. The union also maintains that the pay rise will be an important boost to the economy.


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