Berlin public transit wage dispute ends
DPA/The Local · 23 May 2008, 14:25
Published: 23 May 2008 14:25 GMT+02:00
After months of tense talks and several public transportation strikes that forced Berliners to improvise their way around town, 34.3 percent of the Verdi members involved voted in favour of the agreement, union negotiator Frank Bäsler announced.
Even though the majority of Verdi members spoke out against the compromise, the vote required an approval of just 25 percent.
“A good horse never jumps higher than it needs to,” Bäsler commented on the vote.
The compromise includes a 4.6 percent pay raise, a single bonus payment, and an extra week of vacation for the 11,500 BVG workers.
Negotiations have been underway since January, with Verdi demanding a 9 percent pay raise for the city's public transportation workers.