A breakthrough in the collective bargaining conflict: more money and days off for kindergarten teachers

Status: May 18, 2022 23:14

A breakthrough was deemed unlikely, but now there is an agreement in a collective dispute, for instance for the city day care workers. Includes more holidays and extras.

The ver.di trade union and the dbb association of civil servants have agreed with city employers on additional days off and monthly allowances for employees. This was announced by the collective bargaining partners after around twelve hours of consultation in Berlin. The agreement in the collective labor dispute affects some 330,000 municipal day-care workers and other workers in social professions.

“It was complicated”, Anke Hahn, ARD Berlin, on the collective agreement for day care workers

tagesschau24 10:00, 19/05/2022

Accordingly, employees are initially given two additional days off per year and the option to convert part of their salary into a maximum of two additional days off. In addition to additional days off from July 1, city service educators will receive an additional € 130 per month. There will also be an additional EUR 180 for social workers from July.

Moreover, the agreement stipulates that professional experience in social and educational services should in future be remunerated in the same way as other public sector employees. The amount of time workers stay in one payroll group before moving on to the next is expected to align with general public service classes from October 1, 2024. This means wages will increase faster in the future than before. The fare score is valid for five years until December 31, 2026.

Collective bargaining dispute over: Nursery workers get more money and more days off

Kerstin Breinig, RBB, daily news at 12:00 May 19, 2022

ver.di: Agreement “Against Significant Resistance”

With a breakthrough that was initially considered unlikely, further warning strikes in the city’s public social and education services have been averted for the time being. Employees in all federal states – with the exception of Berlin – benefit from the new contract. According to ver.di, other tariff regulations have priority in the capital. However, unions assume that the results will “radiate” to workers in other areas as well.

“This is thanks to colleagues in the social and education services who have been fighting and striking over the past few days and weeks,” said ver.di president Frank Werneke. The deal was successful, despite considerable resistance from municipal employers, he said. This is “another important step towards making the professions in the social and educational system more attractive and taking effective action against the shortage of skilled workers”.

Dbb negotiator Andreas Hemsing also expressed his satisfaction with the result: “We have raised our professional level with this step, and our colleagues will feel it directly in their wallets.”

“A challenge for municipal employers”

The president of the Union of Municipal Employers’ Union (VKA), Karin Welge, described the result as “a challenge for municipal employers”. VKA assumes that municipal employers’ personnel costs will increase by about 3.7 percent. annually only thanks to new benefits. Nevertheless, Welge said he breathed a sigh of the conclusion. This is “a clear sign that we often recognize our employees’ outstanding performance in social and educational services for fair and rewarding compensation,” Welge said.

The unions have been working to reach an agreement for weeks. After two failed rounds of negotiations in February and March, the collective bargaining partners were back on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, the talks moved from Potsdam to Berlin for logistical reasons. They were supposed to end on Wednesday afternoon – but they dragged on for several hours until late evening. The participants said that on the last day there was still something to talk about.

More money and holidays for employees in social and educational professions

Johannes Frewel, RBB, 5/19/2022 00:17 a.m.

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