Tariff dispute: Ver.di calls for more warning strikes at university hospitals

Status: 11/13/2021 11:31 a.m.

Ver.di boss Werneke describes the previous wage negotiations in the public service of the federal states as “absolutely frustrating”. In order to increase the pressure before the third round of negotiations, there will be more warning strikes at more university hospitals – despite the pandemic.

The ver.di union wants to significantly expand the warning strikes at university hospitals. The standouts are intended to increase the pressure on employers in the collective bargaining dispute over the public service of the federal states. “Before the third negotiation date, we expect a very broad strike participation in the health sector,” said ver.di chairman Frank Werneke in Berlin.

After the first warning strikes without restrictions, the actions in the university clinics and state hospitals would now be clearly noticeable, announced Werneke. From Tuesday on, employees in the clinics in Aachen, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Essen, Cologne and Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia are invited to participate.

Clinic Association laments ver.di’s lack of charity

The chairman of the Association of University Hospitals in Germany, Jens Scholz, told “Welt” that choosing the university hospitals as an object of strike does not show either foresight for care or charity for the patients. Structural improvements are necessary, but the time is wrong for work stoppages due to the enormous corona pressure. “Of the 2,000 hospitals in Germany, the 35 university hospitals treat a quarter of all intensive care patients, up to 40 percent of all ventilated patients.”

Werneke: Previous negotiations “absolutely frustrating”

Ver.di boss Werneke assured, however, that the industrial action would be organized “with a great sense of responsibility and tailored to the regional situation”. “The well-being of the patients” has the “highest priority”.

But: “If the employees do not react to the ignorant attitude of the employers, they would hold them against them again in the third round of negotiations,” said Werneke. “The shameful thing is that employers say: there is no problem.” They ignored the shortage of skilled workers and the dramatic situation on many wards. For example, a third of the intensive care beds are not occupied because many employees have given up their job exhausted and frustrated.

Werneke described the negotiations so far as “absolutely frustrating”. Employers denied that workers would face sharp price increases. “With adventurous computing tricks that are unworthy of finance ministers, the state employers calculate the inflation rate down to two percent,” he said. “That contradicts not only the official figures, but above all the reality of people’s lives.”

For five percent more salary

After negotiations with no results so far, ver.di and the official association dbb will meet on November 27th and 28th in Potsdam for the third round of negotiations with the collective bargaining community of the federal states (TdL). Ver.di and dbb are demanding five percent more salary for the more than one million employees in the state, but at least 150 euros per month, in the health sector 300 euros more.

The TdL negotiator, the Lower Saxony Finance Minister Reinhold Hilbers (CDU), had repeatedly rejected the demands as unrealistic.

The dbb chairman Ulrich Silberbach emphasized: “I have never seen employers show so little interest in the concerns and needs of their employees.” The employers would do away with the enormous burdens caused by the pandemic in the health professions, schools, regulatory and supervisory authorities and the police as a selective peak. With reference to the pandemic-related additional expenditure, they even wanted to deny employees compensation for inflation, Silberbach told the dpa news agency.

Extension of the strikes in other areas as well

The unions therefore want to expand the warning strikes in other areas before the third round. “This affects the entire spectrum of the public service in the federal states, from administration to daycare centers and health services to schools,” said Werneke.

Silberbach said that thousands of employees in schools, the police, the judiciary, the financial administration, the technical and road and traffic services had already vented their displeasure in the past few days. “In the coming week, too, these and other industries, including the health service, will be able to speak audibly and visibly with warning strikes and protests.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *