Warning strikes in the public sector again led to restrictions in daycare centers, schools and universities in Berlin on Wednesday. Employees in youth, social and health departments have also responded to the GEW Berlin’s call, as the union announced on Wednesday. A total of around 6,000 employees in the country took part in what is now the third day of the strike. They drew attention to their concerns with a demonstration from the Friedrichstrasse train station to Invalidenpark in Mitte.
According to the education administration, 3,480 educational staff at schools took part, including 2,364 teachers from a total of 529 schools. A week ago, according to the Senate Education Administration, 533 schools were affected by the warning strike, and more than 4,000 school employees had participated in the warning strike.
Several unions are calling for public sector employees in the federal states to raise their salaries by five percent, but at least 150 euros. Since October 8th they have been negotiating with the collective bargaining association of German states (TdL). This has so far rejected the demands as unrealistic. Negotiations are due to take place next Saturday.
“It is up to the employers to finally make an offer to resolve this collective bargaining conflict,” said Anne Albers, member of the board of directors of the Berlin GEW, who is responsible for collective bargaining policy. The employees in the education sector deserve more appreciation for their important work.
Verdi calls for a warning strike on Thursday
The Verdi union in Berlin has called for another warning strike on Thursday. Employees and trainees in all senate administrations, district offices and daycare centers as well as at universities should participate, as Verdi announced on Tuesday. The industrial union Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU) and the police union are also joining the call.
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As a result, warning strikes took place in many facilities in Berlin just last week. . (dpa/Tsp)