Kindergarten in the Hanover region (symbol image)
Photo: Julian Stratenschulte / dpa
There has been a breakthrough in collective bargaining for around 330,000 municipal daycare workers and other employees in social professions.
The Verdi trade union and the civil servants' association dbb agreed with the municipal employers on additional days off and monthly allowances for the employees.
This was announced by the collective bargaining partners after around twelve hours of consultation in Berlin.
According to this, the employees initially receive two additional days off per year and the option to convert part of their salary into a maximum of two additional days off.
In addition to the additional days off, educators in municipal public service will receive an additional 130 euros per month from July 1st.
For social workers there will also be an additional 180 euros from July.
In addition, the agreement stipulates that professional experience in social and educational services should in future be rewarded in the same way as other employees in the public sector.
The time employees stay in one pay grade before moving up to the next is scheduled to be aligned with general public service grades as of October 1, 2024.
This means that salaries will rise faster in the future than before.
The collective agreement has a term of five years until December 31, 2026. With the breakthrough, which was initially considered unlikely, further warning strikes in the municipal public social and educational services have been averted for the time being.
Employees in all federal states benefit from the new agreement - except in Berlin.
According to Ver.di, other tariff regulations have priority in the capital.
However, the trade unions assume that the results will also "radiate" to employees in other areas.