Warning strike at the post office: the union of civil servants threatens to take action across the board
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Even before the second round of negotiations, employers received a clear warning: Ulrich Silberbach, head of the civil service association, threatened a “lockdown” through widespread strikes in the collective bargaining dispute between the federal and local governments.
»Such a hard labor dispute threatens if the employers do not submit an offer after three rounds of negotiations.
Then needlesticks, i.e. warning strikes, are no longer enough,” said Silberbach of the “Augsburger Allgemeine”.
“Then there is a threat of industrial action, i.e. a lockdown for the public sector.
Then the trams stop, day-care centers close and the rubbish stays where it is.
Then it will be uncomfortable in this country.«
Third round in March
Verdi and the civil servants' association dbb are demanding 10.5 percent more income, but at least 500 euros more for the approximately 2.5 million employees.
The term should be twelve months.
The Association of Municipal Employers' Associations (VKA) had described the demands as "unaffordable" before the start of the negotiations.
After the first round of negotiations in Potsdam on Tuesday, the trade unions and employers adjourned without finding anything.
The talks are scheduled to continue on February 22nd and 23rd - the probably decisive third round of negotiations is planned for the end of March.
Silberbach told the newspaper that he did not rule out "area strikes".
»Employers should know: This is no fun, just not the usual ritual.
We are serious because we have to do something about the frustration in the offices.«
The head of the civil service association warned: »We are threatened with state failure.
Because the public service cannot meet the requirements of politics in view of the lack of personnel and the insufficient digitization.« Politicians know this.
"But knowledge is not followed by action," says Silberbach.
Most recently, the Ver.di union had called for warning strikes at airports and at the post office.
Operations at the capital’s BER airport were paralyzed for a day last week.