More public workers strike as wage dispute wears on with states

More public workers strike as wage dispute wears on with states
A Verdi public worker's strike in Hannover last week. Photo: DPA
Public workers staged limited strikes on Monday in the states of Schleswig-Holstein and Baden-Württemberg as a long-running wage dispute between public workers and states continues.

Road maintenance, regional government, public administration and school workers have all been called by their unions to strike in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein – but because many of them are civil servants and are not allowed to strike, the strikes are not expected to make a big impact.

Public worker demonstrations are expected during the day in Lübeck and Kiel as the day progresses.

Meanwhile in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, university workers, student unions and regional administrators will stage warning strikes. More strikes are planned in the region for Wednesday too.

Public worker’s union Verdi and civil servant’s union DBB will enter a third round of wage talks with the German states next weekend in Potsdam. They are demanding an eight percent salary increase, or a minimum of €200 more per month for the 700,000 workers they represent. The unions have called for warning strikes across the country in recent weeks as the wage dispute escalates.