Germany - Wage agreement for the public sector - April 30, 2016

The federal and local governments reached agreement with public sector workers on a pay rise, settling a dispute that grounded hundreds of flights during a warning strike earlier on. Trade union Ver.di had organised the strike as a warning to speed up wage negotiations. As a result of the concluded collective agreement more than two million workers are to receive a pay increase of 4.75 percent over two years. In a statement Ver.di said the increase would be paid in two stages, with a first increment of 2.4 percent in March 2016 to be followed by another 2.35 percent in February 2017. The union, which had initially demanded a six-per-cent pay rise, hailed the result as ‘a compromise that clearly increases salaries, boosts purchasing power and helps make the public sector more attractive’ to workers.


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