Germany - Public workers attain pay rise - June 1, 2019

After a nationwide strike by more than 150,000 public sector workers the unions and public sector employers agreed to raise wages for about 2.3 million workers by 7.5% over two and a half years (yearly average 3%). The agreement will retroactively increase wages by 3.19% by March 1, 2019. The next increase of 3.09% will kick in on April 1, 2019, followed by a final raise of 1.06% on March 1, 2020. Low-paid workers will also receive a one-time payment of 250 euro, and public sector pay scales will be made more transparent. The strikes that forced employers to give in caused hundreds of flight cancellations and disruptions to public services.

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