Status: 20.11.2023, 11:22 a.m.
By: Manuel Rank
Verdi called for warning strikes throughout Germany on Monday – more wages are also being demanded in Bavaria. © Hanno Bode/imago
The Verdi trade union is calling for warning strikes nationwide. In Bavaria, too, cultural institutions and universities are affected – as well as the police. An overview.
Munich – Last week, train passengers had to prepare for delays and cancellations in rail transport. The German Locomotive Drivers' Union (GDL) called for nationwide strikes on Wednesday, 15 November. The wave of (warning) strikes continues this week – only in a different area. The United Services Union (Verdi) announced warning strikes across Germany on Monday, November 20.
The union is also calling on workers in university hospitals and their service companies to go on warning strikes on Thursday and Friday. In the Free State, universities and cultural institutions in particular are affected on Monday - but also the police. An overview of the facilities in Bavaria where strikes are taking place.
Call for a strike in Swabia: Rally at the University of Augsburg – Mensa closed
Students, employees and trainees were called by Verdi in Swabia to a warning strike at the University of Augsburg from 6.30 a.m. to midnight. Between 12 p.m. and 13 p.m. there will also be a rally at the main entrance in front of the canteen. The cafeteria and cafeteria will remain closed all day, Verdi announced.
According to Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), the union expects a significantly higher turnout at the rally in Augsburg than in previous years. According to the report, there is a high level of interest in the current negotiations in all professional groups. Next Thursday, 23 November, warning strikes are to follow at the University Hospital Augsburg (UKA).
University strikes in the Upper Palatinate – several universities and colleges affected
The Verdi trade union has called on the employees of the OTHs in the Upper Palatinate and the Upper Palatinate institutions of the Studentenwerk Niederbayern/Oberpfalz and the University of Regensburg to go on strike. According to Verdi, the Technology Campus in Cham, which belongs to the Technical University in Deggendorf, is also affected, according to BR. The Studentenwerk announced that canteens and cafeterias could remain closed on Monday. In addition, the entire administration, the office for training promotions and the care of the residential complexes by the caretakers may be temporarily paralyzed.
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Rallies in Franconia: In addition to universities and colleges, daycare centers and university hospitals are also affected
The workforce in Franconia is on strike at the universities in Bamberg and Bayreuth as well as the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen Nürnberg (FAU), the Technical University of Nuremberg Georg Simon Ohm and other universities, among others.
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The rallies will begin at 11 a.m. In Bamberg, the strikers will meet at the Heumarkt, in Erlangen at the Faculty of Philosophy, Verdi said in a press release. In Erlangen, this is followed by a "large strike demonstration through the city centre and past the castle". In Bayreuth, the demonstrators meet in front of the canteen. The canteen of the University of Erlangen Nuremberg will be closed throughout Monday - as will all daycare centers of the Studierendenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg.
The Education and Science Union (GEW) has also called on the employees of the University of Würzburg, the TH Würzburg-Schweinfurt and the University Hospital Würzburg to stop work on Monday and Tuesday, according to BR. The strikes are to last from the start of the shift until 24 p.m. According to BR information, the employees have organized an emergency service where it is necessary.
There are also warning strikes in the state capital Munich – demonstration march through the city centre
In Munich, the focus of Verdi's actions is on the universities. Several universities, such as the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, are affected. But the union has also called on workers at cultural institutions such as the State Library and the Deutsches Museum to stop working. At noon, the strikers marched in a demonstration march to the Technical University in Arcisstraße, where Verdi had planned a rally.
In addition to universities and cultural institutions, the police in Bavaria are also affected
The wage dispute is about the income of around 1.1 million employees of the public sector of the federal states nationwide. The result is usually also applied to the 1.4 million civil servants. According to Heinrich Birner, trade union leader of Verdi Munich, there are around 155,000 employees and around 227,000 civil servants in Bavaria. The police union is also calling for a warning strike.
Why Verdi calls for warning strikes: Demand for ten and a half percent wage increase
Background to the strike measure: According to Verdi, the employers of the federal states had not presented any offer for income increases in the second round of negotiations. The managing director of Verdi Munich, Heinrich Birner, speaks of a "humiliation" of the employees of the federal states.
The chief negotiator of the current round of collective bargaining for the public sector, Andreas Dressel (CDU), had said that if the income of the employees was not sufficient, they could apply for housing benefit. Birner has never experienced a statement like that of Hamburg's Finance Senator in his 30 years of full-time trade union work. Verdi's demand in the wage dispute: ten and a half percent more wages, but at least 500 euros more per month. Since the employers' side has rejected these demands as unaffordable, the unions want to exert pressure with warning strikes until the third round of negotiations in December.
Warning strikes in university hospitals on Thursday and Friday
On Monday, while the warning strikes were still really starting in the Free State, Verdi announced further strikes for Thursday and Friday, 23 and 24 November. Above all, there will be strikes in university hospitals and their service companies on these days. "The university hospitals play an essential role in the medical care of citizens, which is becoming increasingly difficult to guarantee due to the lack of competitiveness in terms of working and income conditions," said Robert Hinke, head of the state department for health and education at Verdi Bavaria.
"Employees will not allow themselves to be disconnected from the general development of collective bargaining. We hope that the message of our warning strikes will be understood by the employers," Hinke continued. Verdi calls on the employees of the university hospitals to stop work on these days.
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