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Telekom customers in Germany face disruption as employees strike

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Telekom customers in Germany face disruption as employees strike
Telekom employees attend a “summit meeting” on the Brocken as part of a nationwide Telekom warning strike in April. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Matthias Bein

Telekom customers in Germany could face disruption including cancelled appointments on Monday and Tuesday as staff stage a walkout.

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The Verdi union called on Deutsche Telekom employees in several different areas to take part in the two-day 'warning' strike this week. 

The strike is part of a nationwide wave of industrial action amid ongoing collective bargaining. German trade unions call warning strikes during negotiations to increase the pressure on employers.

The union said Telekom customers throughout Germany should expect longer waiting times for the service hotline on Monday and Tuesday, while technician appointments may be cancelled at short notice. 

The strike is being held as the union tries to negotiate improved pay and conditions for staff. 

So far, Telekom has offered to pay an inflation compensation bonus of €2,000 to staff, with a 4.2 percent increase in salaries from 2025. 

However, Verdi's demands include a wage increase of 12 percent for around 70,000 employees nationwide this year, with a one-year term of the collective agreement.

Verdi strike leader Pascal Röckert said: "The employees expect significant improvements."

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Rallies also took place around the country on Monday morning. Around 150 union members gathered at a demo in Freiburg.

A new round of collective bargaining is scheduled to get underway on May 13th and 14th.

The Verdi union previously called Deutsche Telekom employees to head out on a one-day warning strike in April.

German vocabulary

Warning strike - (der) Warnsteik 

Collective bargaining (die) Tarifverhandlungen

To call/ to call on - aufrufen

Inflation compensation bonus - (die) Inflationsausgleichsprämie

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