Warning strike port worker is expanded

Tuesday, July 9, 11:05 p.m.: Shortly before the fourth round of negotiations in the port companies' collective bargaining dispute, the Verdi union is increasing the pressure: the dockers' warning strike will be extended on Wednesday, the union announced. In addition to the employees in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, their colleagues in Wilhelmshaven, Bremen and Emden are also expected to stop work.

Numerous port workers in Hamburg and Bremerhaven have been on a two-day warning strike since early Tuesday. According to a spokeswoman, around 800 people took part in Bremerhaven. In Hamburg, the number of participants was initially unclear, but a spokesman spoke of a high level of participation.

Five-day warning strike begins in nurseries

Monday, July 8, 8:19 a.m.: The five-day warning strike in Berlin's own daycare centres begins with demonstrations in front of the CDU headquarters and in front of the town hall in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. The Senate continues to block a constructive solution in the interests of employees, parents and children, said Verdi. The union wants to increase pressure to start negotiations on a collective agreement for educational quality and support. In recent weeks, daycare centres have been on strike for a total of seven days.

“We have a dramatic crisis in the daycare centres, which will become even more dramatic if the Senate does not finally provide help now. That is why we have no choice but to intensify our strike now,” said Dana Griesche, an education specialist at the Südost daycare centre, according to Verdi.

The situation is complicated: Finance Senator Stefan Evers (CDU) recently harshly criticised Verdi and spoke of “senseless slaps on the back of children and parents”. According to his information, the state of Berlin is not in a position to negotiate a corresponding collective agreement, with which Verdi wants to regulate, among other things, the size of groups and the equalisation of burdens. Evers claims that Berlin is a member of the collective bargaining community of the federal states (TdL) and therefore cannot decide on collective bargaining issues alone. He is supported by the Berlin Association for Education and Upbringing (VBE). Verdi criticises this attitude as not credible.

According to the Senate, there are around 2,900 daycare centres in Berlin, often run by independent providers. Around 165,000 children are cared for there. The warning strike affects around 280 daycare centres in the city. Around 7,000 educators and other employees there care for around 35,000 children.

Five-day warning strike announced in Berlin kindergartens

Sunday, July 7, 12:52 p.m.: The Verdi union is calling for a five-day warning strike starting on Monday in kindergartens. The Berlin Senate continues to refuse to start negotiations on a collective agreement for the quality of education and support for kindergartens, Verdi said. This is a “slap in the face to striking education professionals who are committed to preserving their profession.”

The situation is complicated: Finance Senator Stefan Evers (CDU) recently harshly criticised Verdi and spoke of “senseless slaps on the back of children and parents”. According to his information, the state of Berlin is not in a position to negotiate a corresponding collective agreement, with which Verdi wants to regulate, among other things, group size and burden-sharing. Evers claims that Berlin is a member of the collective bargaining community of the federal states (TdL) and therefore cannot decide on collective bargaining issues alone. Verdi criticises this attitude as not credible.

Strikes in city daycare centers are once again warned of

Thursday, July 4, 09:23 hours: Many parents in Berlin are once again having to adapt to the limited childcare options in the city's daycare centres. The Verdi trade union has announced that it will increase pressure on the Berlin Senate to start negotiations on a collective agreement on the quality of education in daycare centres and to ease the burden on staff. A one-day warning strike is initially planned, which is also supported by the GEW trade union.

If the Senate does not respond to the demands as it has done so far, there will be a five-day strike from 8 to 12 July. In recent weeks, nurseries have been on strike for a total of seven days.

A demonstration is also planned in front of the state parliament in Berlin in the morning. The deputies are holding their last plenary session there before the summer break. The situation is confusing: Finance Senator Stefan Evers (CDU) recently harshly criticised Verdi at the meeting in the House of Representatives two weeks ago and spoke of “senseless slaps on the back of children and parents”.

According to his information, the federal state of Berlin is not in a position to negotiate a corresponding collective agreement, with which Verdi wants to regulate, among other things, the size of the groups and the equalisation of workloads. Evers claims that Berlin is a member of the collective bargaining community of the federal states (TdL) and therefore cannot decide on collective bargaining issues alone.

Bank employees in Hamburg Warning strike called

Monday, July 1, 2024, 7:10 am: Due to a warning strike, customers of the private banks Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and UniCredit are expected to be closed in Hamburg at the beginning of the week. In order to increase the pressure on the employers shortly before the third round of negotiations in Frankfurt/Main on Wednesday, the Verdi union has called on employees to go on strike all day in Hamburg on Monday and Tuesday. A demonstration through the city is also planned for the morning (9:00 a.m.). On Tuesday, employees of the public bank Hamburger Sparkasse will stop working.

Verdi is demanding a 12.5 percent pay rise for employees of public and private banks over a 12-month collective bargaining period, but at least 500 euros more per month. The employers' side has so far offered a 8.5 percent pay rise over a 36-month period in private banks and a 9.5 percent increase over a 43-month period in public banks.

IG BAU shouts Warning strike in high low

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 11:41 p.m.: In the dispute over the collective agreement at the Hochtief construction group, IG Bauen Agrar Umwelt has called for a warning strike on Monday. The union announced on Friday that employees should stop working all day at the branches in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Berlin as well as in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and at the Essen headquarters from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is not satisfied with previous offers of wage increases for the approximately 2,500 employees agreed collectively. Hochtief has had two record years and needs to involve employees appropriately, explained Nicole Simons, member of the IG BAU management board. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for 8 July.

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