Verdi offers Deutsche Post new round of wage talks

Verdi offers Deutsche Post new round of wage talks
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Trade union Verdi is ready to start a fresh round of wage talks with Deutsche Post as workers continue a vote on whether to begin an unlimited strike, Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper reported on Monday.

“We should try to avoid an unlimited strike at the last moment,” Verdi vice-chief Andrea Kocs told the newspaper.

Kocs told the paper further talks could only happen if Deutsche Post scraps a request for Verdi members to work longer hours.

The company wants workers to work 41 hours a week instead of 38.5 hours, something Verdi says could endanger 12,500 jobs.

Voting will continue through Tuesday. Should at least 75 percent of Verdi’s 130,000 members at Deutsche Post support a strike, walkouts could begin on Friday.

A series of limited strikes at mail sorting centres left tonnes of letters and bulk mail undelivered across Germany last week.