Warning strikes started at daycare centers in Lower Saxony and Bremen

The word “emergency care” is no longer a foreign word for parents in Lower Saxony and Bremen since the corona pandemic. Now the daycare centers are closed for another reason: the employees are on strike.

The Verdi union has started warning strikes at municipal daycare centers in Lower Saxony and Bremen. In the two federal states, employees stopped working in numerous places on Tuesday to emphasize the demand for better working conditions, a Verdi spokesman said in the morning. In many places, parents would have to adapt to closed facilities and take care of their children independently.

Municipal employees of the social services and the handicapped aid are also called on to stop work at times. With the actions, the union wants to increase the pressure in collective bargaining for the day care and education sector. In addition to better working conditions, measures against the shortage of skilled workers and financial recognition of the work done, the service union said that demands were made.

Hanover: Facility management provides information about emergency care

A first round of negotiations with the municipal employers ended in late February without a result. The actions in Lower Saxony and Bremen are part of a nationwide warning strike. Around 2,000 strikers are expected in Lower Saxony and Bremen, said the Verdi spokesman in the morning.

In view of the expected warning strike, the city of Hanover announced in advance that there could be restrictions on care in city daycare centers or the facilities could be closed. To what extent emergency care is offered, parents should find out from the respective facility management, it said.

According to the trade union, the negotiations in Lower Saxony are about the working conditions of 20,000 employees in daycare centers, around 8,000 employees in child and youth welfare and around 2,100 employees in disability aid. In Bremen, around 2,200 employees in daycare centers are affected, as well as 64 employees in child and youth welfare and around 400 in disability assistance.