Print Edition - 2018-04-17  |  Money Digest

German public sector unions resume talks


Apr 17, 2018-

German public sector unions began a decisive round of wage talks with employers on Sunday, after staging a series of strikes that caused disruptions at airports, train stations, hospitals and daycare centres. Some 150,000 public sector workers took part in hours-long “warning strikes” across Germany this week, ramping up the pressure in their push for a six-percent pay increase, or at least an additional 200 euros ($245) a month. Two previous rounds of talks ended in failure with state and local government employers dismissing the unions’ demands as too expensive. Frank Bsirske, chief of the powerful Verdi union, has threatened more widespread action if no progress is made in the upcoming discussions, but also expressed optimism on a deal. (AFP)


Published: 17-04-2018 08:12

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