From today, some kindergartens and clinics will go on strike. The start is likely limited to individual cities. But soon more people were able to experience conflict. An overview.
Employees at daycare centers, hospitals and other government agencies want to stop working in individual German cities this Tuesday. For example, patients in the clinic and parents of children in daycare should expect restrictions there. The warning strikes should be the prelude to further action in the following days.
With the warning strikes, the Verdi union wants to highlight its wage demands in the ongoing collective bargaining dispute with the federal government and local authorities. The income of more than two million employees is under negotiation. The second round of negotiations ended in Potsdam last weekend without rapprochement.
An overview of the cities and regions
Among other things, the University city of Freiburg Employees of the administration and of kindergartens get out. In Gütersloh, Verdi called on the employees of the city clinic, city council and day care centers to stop working. Strikes should also take place in Unna, Duisburg and Remscheid.
Also for Rhineland-Palatinate and Lower Saxony Verdi announced strikes. In Keel the employees of the municipal utilities and the municipal hospital are called for warning strikes. In Augsburg Urban drainage workers want to strike.
For the rest, Verdi initially said mainly that actions could only take place in the following days. In Hamburg Thursday there should be a kick-off event for warning strikes.
The second round of negotiations resulted in no offer
During the second round of negotiations over the weekend in Potsdam, the federal government and municipalities had not submitted an offer. Verdi and the official association dbb, which is negotiating with Verdi, were outraged.
The Association of Cities and Municipalities condemned the warning strikes. General manager Gerd Landsberg told “Bild” that strikes were “in the wrong direction”. The current tax forecast confirms that the tax revenues of the municipalities will collapse in the coming years. It is therefore important to gauge “possible compromises”.
The German Association of Cities also called for a tariff solution at the negotiating table – partly in view of the corona virus. Strikes in daycare centers would mainly mean an extra burden for parents and children. “Warning strikes during the corona pandemic seem to have fallen out of time,” City Council Chairman Burkhard Jung told Funke media group newspapers.
The Association of Local Employers’ Associations (VKA) also criticized the warning strikes. “We rigorously reject the fact that people in our communities are affected by strikes – especially at a time when many parts of the economy are threatened with bankruptcy and job losses,” said VKA General Manager Niklas Benrath of “Rheinische Postkantoor”. “At the moment the strikes are disproportionate.”
This is under negotiation
Verdi and the dbb demand 4.8 percent more wages. The employees are guaranteed to receive at least 150 euros more per month. They demand a term of twelve months, the municipal employers want a longer term.
Government and municipalities negotiate directly for 2.3 million employees. According to the unions, the result should be turned over to more than 200,000 officials.
The third round of negotiations is scheduled for October 22-23 and will likely take a day or two longer. Both parties then reach a conclusion, or an arbitration is started. It is less likely that the negotiations will be declared a failure and that the unions will strike regularly.