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The corona pandemic has shown: Public service workers keep the store running. Because they are systemically relevant. So there has been a lot of clapping for her in recent months. A recognition for people who do important work every day. They advise, look after and support the citizens. Often at the forefront. Whether in health care, in supply and disposal, at the Federal Employment Agency or in daycare centers. And of course, recognition and respect are good. But now it's about this Express appreciation also financially. And suddenly there is only one gossip from employers.

That is exactly why the employees are now putting pressure on them. They are on strike. If the public sector strikes hit you and your bus doesn't run for a day, for example: stay cool! Put on a relaxed smile and read here why solidarity is a really good idea.

1. Clap instead of clap

A pandemic and, on top of that, strikes in the public sector? Doesn't have to be real, is that how you think about yourself ?! And now we tell you: The unions thought so too. They were ready to postpone the collective bargaining negotiations planned for autumn 2020 until next year. But the employers refused. For tactical reasons. The calculation: In the midst of the pandemic, the employees will not fight for their justified demands. The chance to close as cheaply as possible with a long term.

And that is why collective bargaining is currently underway for the around 2.3 million public sector employees of the federal and local governments. But it gets even better: The employers wanted to negotiate, but even after two rounds of negotiations, there is still no offer from the federal government or municipalities on the table. And that is a clear message to the employees. There is no trace of any appreciation. And because the employees are fed up with such zero numbers, their answer now comes from the companies. They go on strike and clearly show employers that they have miscalculated their tactics. Holding back is not, dear employers!

2. Come to stay ?!

"Once a public service, always a public service"? No way. Those days are long gone. Fixed-term contracts have also become widespread in the public sector. Around 60 percent of new hires are now temporary. And that means that temporary contracts are even more widespread in the public sector than in the private sector. Future planning for the employees? Hardly possible! And that applies twice to employees in the low pay groups. They earn so little that they have to top their salaries or take part-time jobs to support their families. That has to change urgently.

This is precisely why ver.di is also calling for income to be increased by 4.8 percent in the current collective bargaining round, but at least 150 euros. This minimum amount should benefit the lower income groups disproportionately.

3. Not because of a dream job

Sounds a bit like a rude awakening: Compared to the private sector, salaries in the public sector rise much more slowly. In plain language this means: the employees are underpaid. So it's no wonder that today There is a shortage of 300,000 public sector employees. Ascending trend. This was the result of a survey by the German Association of Officials (dbb) at the beginning of 2020. The logical consequence of the shortage of skilled workers? Stress and work intensification for the remaining employees. Many speak of overload. Poor pay in combination with the stressful working conditions doesn't sound like a dream. That the public service is unattractive for many employees: no wonder ...

PS: By the way, ver.di conducts the current collective bargaining for the public service together with dbb and collective bargaining union, GdP, GEW and IG BAU. One of the most important goals: to relieve the workforce.

4. Inner German border

Not available any more! One could think so. And from a purely political point of view, that's true too. But did you know that public service workers in the municipalities in the former East still earn less than their colleagues in the former West? And that 30 years after the reunification of Germany! Because according to the collective agreement, employees in the former East have to work one hour more per week. We say: it doesn't work at all. And demand in the collective bargaining: This inequality of working hours must finally be ended. But employers don't want to make that happen until 2025. In contrast, the employees are now also taking to the streets! Because the topic is close to the heart of many. This was shown by a survey that ver.di carried out before the collective bargaining round to find out which demands are important to the employees.

5. Really sick

Germany brings up the rear in Europe: On average, a nurse in our hospitals needs 10.3 patients*supply inside. In other countries like Switzerland, sind there was only 5.5, in Poland 9.3 patient * ican. The German healthcare system is being saved to pieces. The focus is on privatization and the pursuit of profit. Not man. Reducing costs is a top priority. The easiest and fastest way to do this is to save on staff. The Corona crisis has once again clearly shown that this austerity course is a really bad idea. Because good care, whether in a hospital or a nursing home, requires sufficient staff. But as simple as this formula sounds, it is not implemented by politicians or employers. Or very slowly. The consequence of staff shortages for employees: stress and overwork. Working at the limit was everyday life for many employees even before the pandemic. Corona has once again tightened the requirements for employees in the healthcare sector. That is why there is also a separate negotiating table for healthcare and nursing in the current collective bargaining. Because work shouldn't make you sick.

PS: The public service workers are on strike together for their demands in all professional fields. This means that the employees from supply and disposal also stand for the educators from daycare centers and nurses in hospitals on the street and vice versa. Just in case you are annoyed about one professional group, but you can understand the other very well ...

If you want to find out more about the collective bargaining round, take a look here.