On the 21. January start in Berlin, the collective bargaining for the public service in the provinces. The workers, represented by unions, has already formulated their demands – it’s about six percent more pay, but at least an increase of 200 euros per month.

a Total of 3.3 million Employees, which are represented by Ver.di and the German civil service Federation (DBB). DBB-chief Ulrich Silberbach has shown his opponents from the employers ‘ side – the collective community of the Länder (TdL) – now once his Arsenal. It may come to strikes, and for the state of quite critical point. Work stoppages could “, for example, in tax administrations and financial offices,” said silver Creek, the newspaper “Kölner stadtanzeiger”.

The DBB-chief expects, therefore, with a high level of acceptance of possible strikes by the population. The Union will “make no hospitals completely sealing, or other highly sensitive areas”. He could imagine, however, that “many people are happy about it, if you get a couple of weeks, no tax assessment”. The Minister of Finance should, however, be angry, “because their revenue side is broke”. For the policy was the “highly sensitive”.

The strike ban for public officials is not an obstacle. The major data centers of the administration were staffed “primarily with employees,” said silver stream. The official Federal count, a total of approximately 1.3 million members. In 2003, he was also open for non-civil service employees of the public service.


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