Strike in Jena: For more money and appreciation

Around 200 people took to the streets again on Thursday in Jena together for better working conditions, more money and appreciation.

Jena. Over 200 employees went on strike on the Eichplatz in downtown Jena on Thursday.

The call of the trade unions was followed not only by employees of the Jena University Hospital, but also by employees of the university, the student union and the university of applied sciences. Representatives of the state offices and ministries were also present.

Five percent more salary

Next weekend, the decisive round of negotiations between the trade unions and the collective bargaining association of German states (TdL) will take place in Potsdam.

Demands on the part of the unions include five percent more salary for the employees, but at least 150 euros per month for a term of one year. There should also be 100 euros more for interns.

Furthermore, the GEW calls for a collective agreement for student employees and effective measures to curb temporary employment.

Warning strike was a complete success

Astrid Striehn from ver.di Jena speaks of a success of the warning strike: “Despite the current Corona situation, numerous participants came from different areas, only those responsible were missing,” said the deputy district manager.

Close cooperation with the authorities and the police also ensured that all measures to prevent the spread of the Covid19 pandemic were complied with, despite the newly applicable ordinance of the State of Thuringia.

While the strikers from Eichplatz and campus are disbanding, the strikes at the University Hospital in Jena continue. According to ver.di, it is particularly explosive that the health sector is still being massively undermined.

There was another strike today at the Jena University Hospital.  Clinic employees have been mobilizing for better working conditions and real appreciation for the workloads in the pandemic since the morning hours.  Photo: Facebook / ver.diThere was another strike today at the Jena University Hospital. Clinic employees have been mobilizing for better working conditions and real appreciation for the workloads in the pandemic since the morning hours. Photo: Facebook / ver.di

Especially due to the current pandemic, everyone should be aware that there is a lack of staff, money and support. According to Striehn, it is time to no longer view the pandemic as temporary, but to provide the right aids in the fourth wave.

Negotiations at the weekend in Potsdam

The final negotiations are to take place in Potsdam on November 27th and 28th. It therefore remains to be seen whether the five percent more salary and the other demands can be realized. In the three preliminary rounds so far, the collective bargaining association of German states (TdL) has “neither made an offer nor accommodated,” said Striehn.

Text: Dario Kregenow