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Verdi defends wage demands after talks fail

DDP/The Local · 12 Feb 2010, 08:32

Published: 12 Feb 2010 08:32 GMT+01:00

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Verdi has demanded a five percent pay increase for its two million members, staging strikes in recent weeks across the country, affecting hospitals, child care centres, road maintenance, rubbish collection and public transportation. But states and cities have said such a hefty raise is unrealistic following the financial crisis.

“The differences are still grave,” Frank Bsirske told broadcaster ZDF on Friday, saying the two sides had failed to agree even after Verdi lowered its demand to a 3.5 percent wage increase.

“In the end there must be a mutual solution with acceptance rules for trainees, with partial retirement and with a wage increase that at least reflects inflation and the productivity progress of the economy,” he told ZDF. “And as part of this I think the employers will have to budge, we’ve also budged.”

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Both Verdi and employers have agreed to call in arbitration scheduled for February 18 in Hannover. They plan to have a solution by the end of the month.

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15:54 February 12, 2010 by Legal E
do they get a "winnings" bonus on this? i.e. every % above LIBOR then they get heft bonus.. Guess they did not read the part of the stall part to end of 2009 and China pipping it as #1 exporter? Ummm thought not as it seems these chaps have their heads up somewhere dark.
03:08 February 13, 2010 by CalBill
I'm always amazed at people who whine about a raise when most people are concerned about whether they're going to have a job next month. If they are so underpaid, they should quit this job and go find an employer who truely appreciates their unique talents and is willing to pay them what they are worth.
05:49 February 13, 2010 by 1FCK_1FCK
Indeed. They should just be thankful for what they have and never try for anything better. Ever. As should we all. Let's all pledge to never ask for a raise the rest of our lives. We don't really need it. It would be selfish to demand one, what with all the starving children in the world. In fact, let's start a political party - the No Raise Ever Again Party. It'll be our motto - We'll Never Ask For A Raise Again Ever, Because What We Have Is Good Enough. We'll spread our message in the schools - Kids, don't try too hard on your homework. No need to try to better yourself or strive for a better life. What you have is good enough. I can see this movement taking over the world. It'll be more powerful than communism at the beginning of the 20th century. Folk songs will be written celebrating it. "The Times They Are A-Good Enough Right Now, Don't Bother Aspiring For Anything Better." I can almost hear Bob Dylan singing it right now.
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