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Collective bargaining dispute: new warning strikes at the post office


Postmen, deliverers and parcel carriers from Deutsche Post stopped working again on Friday. The Ver.di trade union is demanding 15 percent more wages for the employees - and is expanding the strikes.

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Employee of the German Post with sorted letters (archive)

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The trade union Ver.di has again called for warning strikes in the collective bargaining dispute with Deutsche Post.

Employees in the parcel and letter centers as well as in parcel, letter and group delivery took part in the all-day work stoppages.

As a result, operations stalled again in many parts of the country.

According to the information, around 6,000 employees went on warning strike on Thursday;

Last week, around 30,000 employees took part from Thursday evening to Saturday.

"The strikes are a clear signal from our members towards employers," said Ver.di negotiator Andrea Kocsis.

According to the company, around 450,000 parcels and around 1.7 million letters were left behind and could not be delivered on time as a result of the outstanding deliveries.

Strikes in many states

"Post AG made a profit before taxes of 8.4 billion euros last year and is not able to make a reasonable offer here," said Andreas Jung, Verdi department head for postal services in Hesse.

In view of the increased inflation, the union demands 15 percent more money for a contract term of one year.

Training allowances are to be increased by 200 euros per month.

The company rejects this, arguing that wage increases cannot be passed on through price increases because the postal market in Germany is regulated.

In East Germany, however, more employees followed the union's call than expected, said the Ver.di strike leader there, Norman Schulze.

"The strike halls are full, the atmosphere is unexpectedly good," he said.

By the end of the day, around 3,800 people in all three federal states will be part of the strike, according to Schulze.

»We are surprised by how many employees take part.

After all, you need courage to go on strike.« Negotiations in the wage dispute continue on February 8th and 9th.


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2023-01-27

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