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Source: DGB – Bundesvorstand08.10.2020klartext 34/2020 Collective bargaining public service: “Applause alone is not enough” The Corona crisis has shown how important the public service and its employees are. It is therefore right that they want to fight for fair wages. But the employers are stonewalling.


A state capable of acting is important The Corona crisis continues to make everyone aware of the importance of a state capable of acting: Functioning, well-equipped authorities, motivated and committed staff in hospitals and day-care centers. Saving exacerbates the crisis The state rightly has billions of euros in hand taken to counteract the crisis, to support companies with aid funds or even to invest directly in large companies. Politicians have rightly recognized that in times of crisis no policy can be made based on the cash situation. The debt brake was suspended and an economic stimulus plan worth billions was launched to support domestic demand and thus also economic development. Because one thing is clear: Those who save in the crisis will stifle growth further and exacerbate the crisis. Do not save on the backs of the employees, but this knowledge no longer seems to interest state employers in the public service of the federal government and municipalities. Now of all times – in the collective bargaining in the public service – the red pencil should be unpacked. Now, of all things, savings should be made on the back of the employees. The wage demands are correct! The around 2.3 million employees for whom the unions – above all ver.di – now want to fight for fair wages, are still part of everyday life Commitment to maintain public life even under the deteriorating corona conditions. The demand for 4.8 percent more wages, but at least 150 euros per month, is not justified for this alone. Wage development in the public service below average Such an increase would also help the public service not lose touch. Because despite recent improvements, the development of wages in the public service is below the average of all branches (see graphic). * Up to 2004 ÖD total Source: WSI tariff archive

Applause alone is not enough. The public service urgently needs to become more attractive. Applause alone is not enough if the staff shortage is to be addressed there. Studies speak of hundreds of thousands of vacancies and vacancies. This jeopardizes the ability of the public sector to work in the long term. Employers provoke strikes It is not the job of employees to plug budget holes in the federal government or municipalities. Many municipalities certainly need relief from their debts by the federal states and the federal government and a strengthening of their income base. But austerity at the expense of the staff in no way solves the municipalities’ financial problems. Public employers should know this best themselves. The fact that they ignore ver.di’s wage demands and have not submitted an offer themselves is a disregard that provokes strikes.




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