Deal in Tariff Conflict: More Money and Days off for Daycare Teachers

Status: 05/18/2022 11:14 PM

There is agreement in the collective bargaining dispute for workers in the municipal nursery and other workers in the social professions. Trade union verdi and dbb have agreed with employers for more days off and allowances.

The trade union VERDI and DBB have agreed with the municipality’s employers for additional vacation days and monthly allowances for employees. This was announced by the collective bargaining partners after about twelve hours of consultation in Berlin. The agreement in the tariff dispute affects about 330,000 municipal day care workers and other workers in the social professions.

Accordingly, employees initially get two extra days of vacation per year and the option to transfer part of their salary to a maximum of two extra days. In addition to the extra days off, teachers in the municipal public service will receive an additional 130 euros per month from July 1. For social workers, there will also be an additional €180 from July.

In addition, the agreement states that professional experience in social and educational services should be rewarded in the future in the same way as other employees in the public sector. The time employees spend in one salary grade before moving to the next is set to align with general public service grades from October 1, 2024. This means that salaries will rise in the future faster than before. The tariff period is five years, until December 31, 2026.

ver.di: agreement “against great resistance”

With this breakthrough, which was initially considered unlikely, further warning strikes in the municipal public educational and social service for the time being avoided. Employees in all federal states benefit from the new agreement – with the exception of Berlin. According to verdi, other tariff systems are given priority in the capital. However, unions assume the results will also “radiate” to employees in other regions.

“This is thanks to colleagues in the social and education services who have been fighting and striking in the last few days and weeks,” said Verdi president Frank Wernke. He said the agreement was “a success despite the great resistance from the municipality’s employers”. It is “another important step to make occupations in the social and educational system more attractive and to take effective action against the shortage of skilled labour.”

DPP negotiator Andreas Hemsing also expressed satisfaction with the result: “With this degree, we have modernized the professional field, and our colleagues will feel it directly in their portfolios.”

“The Challenge for Municipal Employers”

Karen Welge, president of the Association of Municipal Employers’ Associations (VKA), described the result as a “challenge for municipal employers”. VKA assumes that personnel costs for municipal employers will increase by about 3.7 percent annually due to new allowances alone. However, Wilge expressed relief at the conclusion. “It is a clear sign that we recognize the often outstanding performance of our employees in social and educational services with fair and discretionary rewards,” Wilge said.

Unions have been working for the agreement now reached for weeks. After two failed rounds of negotiations in February and March, the collective bargaining partners sat down again on Monday. The talks on Tuesday afternoon were moved from Potsdam to Berlin for logistical reasons. It was supposed to end on a Wednesday afternoon – but it lasted several hours into the late evening. Participants said there was still a lot to talk about on the last day.

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