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Public servants push for 7 percent wage hike

The Local · 26 Oct 2010, 08:45

Published: 26 Oct 2010 08:45 GMT+02:00

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The German Civil Service Association (DBB) will push for the wage rise for employees of the state governments in the next round of wage negotiations, union boss Rainer Wendt told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

The union claims that after years of restraint, it is time for workers to share in the spoils of the booming economy. The lean years were over, Wendt said, and public service union members were entitled to expect a wage rise now that the economy had recovered.

Public servants have had to put up with a considerable effective loss of income in recent years through longer working hours, he said.

In a warning shot across the bow, Wendt added that employers could expect a turbulent start to next year if they rejected the reasonable proposals by the union.

“The states have to know, that the patience of the workers has come to an end and there is a mood for protest,” he said.

Lower Saxony Finance Minister Hartmut Möllring declared in August that state workers could not expect wage rises in coming years. In the face of growing state debt, government workers had to show restraint. Möllring is also chairman of the group that deals with wages for the states – and will therefore lead negotiations with the union on a new deal starting in January.

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“We have to limit spending rises to 1 percent at the most,” Möllring has said in the past.

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09:22 October 26, 2010 by auniquecorn
Strike, Strike, Strike
09:55 October 26, 2010 by elboertjie
The best form of strike is to simply non-comply.

Protests in the form of walking and shouting in the street is utterly useless; simply stop supporting the systems, organisations and people that push one in a direction that one does not desire. Hit them where it hurts, let them go bankrupt in both financial and support level.
11:39 October 26, 2010 by Joshontour
Striking is an outdated method of getting what you want. The general population rarely ever supports striking workers. At one time it was necessary but these days there are better solutions.

I see it like this, when the internet came out every new development fascinated me. When they first started using pop up ads, I clicked on every single one of them. I looked at them, researched their products, bought things. Now when I get a pop up I just click it away, automatically, without a second thought.

For those who get it, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, no explanation is possible.
12:09 October 26, 2010 by William Thirteen
7%! How much did IG Metall get earlier this year? 3.2? Aim high my sweet beamten!
23:13 October 28, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I certainly wish the very best for Germany's state workers. However, they all know that state governements are struggling with a financial crisis. Money for pay raises simply isn't available.

Yes, the overall economy is doing quite well. But it's going to take a while for state governments to heal and recover.

Do they want to turn Germany into France?
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