A collective agreement was reached in the public sector at the weekend.
The representatives see the result as the first step.
More would have to follow.
- ver.di representatives from the Freising district reacted with satisfaction to the collective bargaining agreement in the public sector.
"This is an important first step and an appreciative signal," said Carolin Hofer, Chairwoman of the Freising District Office.
The collective bargaining agreement that was reached over the weekend leads to a significant increase for lower income and health professions.
By 2022, salaries will rise by 4.5 percent in the lowest pay bracket, and by 3.2 percent in the highest bracket.
Above all, however, it is the agreed special payments and increases in allowances that are significant.
All public sector employees receive a corona bonus - from 300 euros in the highest wage groups to 600 euros in the lower pay ranges.
"75 to 80 percent of employees benefit from the maximum rate," reported ver.di union secretary Christian Reischl to the FT.
The nursing service in particular benefits from the conclusion.
A care allowance was introduced: 70 euros from April 1, 2021, 120 euros from April 1, 2022. The intensive allowance will be more than doubled to 100 euros per month.
"This money goes to those who work in intensive care units and are likely to be confronted with Corona in the coming months," said Reischl.
The alternating shift allowance for carers who work early and night shifts has also increased: from 105 to 155 euros.
Reischl: "The increase in nursing is 8.7 percent and the peak for intensive care workers around ten percent."
Corona played a role in negotiations
There were also positive reactions from the management level of the Freising Clinic.
"We are very pleased that an agreement has been reached and that patient care is guaranteed without further strike activities," emphasized Maren Kreuzer, interim manager of the clinic.
"We welcome the fact that the lower income groups are given greater consideration." The performance and importance of care are recognized by a clear plus.
"Caring for critically ill patients during the pandemic is simply not possible without a well-trained and motivated care team."
Manfred Rinke-Ludwig, Chairman of the Clinic's Works Council, described the result as what is currently feasible in difficult times.
“The pandemic has shown how important a functioning health system is.
That costs money, but we should afford it. ”The fact that people clapped symbolic applause for nurses in the lockdown helped in the negotiations.
Staff representatives call for further steps
In order to make the job more attractive again for the youngsters and to eliminate the care shortage, more has to come.
“It's also about improving the framework,” he said.
For example with a legally prescribed number of staff.
"Because the minimum standard that has been set so far does not cover actual needs."
Carolin Hofer sees it similarly.
"The employers' side has just turned the corner," said the head of the district office's staff council.
“But the direction we have taken must now also be continued.” Because in ten years the baby boomers would be retiring.
“And then who should do the work?” That is why they welcome the fact that the trainees also receive a corona bonus - 225 euros.
"Because they close our personnel gaps and are at the forefront of the pandemic."
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