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Collective bargaining dispute: Deutsche Post strikes for the third day in a row


Even at the weekend, many postal items will not reach their destination. According to Ver.di, the participation in the strike is extremely high and the mood is good.

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Among other things, the Post employees are demanding a 15 percent increase in wages

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In the collective bargaining dispute with the post office, the Ver.di union is continuing its warning strikes.

The participation in the strikes is extremely high, said a spokeswoman for the Ver.di federal association in the morning.

The mood is good.

The delivery in the Bonn area, in Bochum and in the Münsterland area was on strike - many letters and parcels were left there and were not delivered.

Mannheim, Stuttgart and Freiburg were also affected.

The warning strike was directed at numerous post offices in Germany.

The union is demanding 15 percent more wages and salaries for around 160,000 employees in the Post & Parcel Germany sector.

The claim is based, among other things, on inflation.

According to Ver.di, 140,000 postal workers receive a monthly salary of between EUR 2,108 and EUR 3,090 gross.

The union argues that these employees are particularly affected by high inflation because they have to spend a large proportion of their net income on food and energy.

The last wage increase in January 2022 was only two percent, according to the union, with reference to the currently high inflation.

The collective bargaining demands are "necessary, fair and feasible," says Ver.di negotiator Andrea Kocsis.

There had already been work stoppages at the post office last week, and the second wave of warning strikes began on Thursday.

According to Ver.di, around 18,000 employees at various locations across Germany stopped working on Friday.

The Post spoke of 13,800 warning strike participants who came to just over a third of the affected locations.

Based on the nationwide daily average, every sixth parcel and every tenth letter was left behind.

Collective bargaining is scheduled to continue on February 8th.

Swiss Post then intends to submit its own offer.

"Despite the different positions, we assume that we will move forward in fair and expeditious talks in the next round of negotiations," said a Post spokesman.


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2023-01-28

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