collective bargaining dispute with the Central Association of German Seaport
Companies (ZDS), the German union, United Services Union (ver.di), has called
several thousand employees in the seaports of Emden, Bremerhaven, Bremen,
Brake, Wilhelmshaven and Hamburg to a 24-hour warning strike from Thursday
morning, 23 June 2022 on.
The offer made by the employers in
the fourth round of negotiations proved a deceptive package said negotiator
offer made by the employers in the fourth round of negotiations is totally
inadequate; it has not brought any substantial improvement to the previous
offer, but turned out to be a classic deceptive package," said ver.di
negotiator, Maya Schwiegershausen-Güth.
ver.di is demanding an increase in
wages of €1.20 per hour for the approximately 12,000 employees
is demanding an increase in wages of €1.20 per hour for the approximately
12,000 employees in the 58 collective bargaining companies in Lower Saxony,
Bremen and Hamburg, as well as actual inflation compensation for a collective
bargaining agreement term of twelve months. In addition, ver.di is demanding an
increase in the annual allowance for full container operations by €1,200.
Schwiegershausen-Güth added, ". We will increase the pressure and call on
the employers for further negotiations. Your offer cannot be the last word.”
continued, "It is unacceptable that employers want to leave employees
largely alone with the effects of the rapidly increasing prices. The employees
have worked to the limit in recent years and kept the supply chains together.
They deserve real recognition and their fair share."