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Collective bargaining conflict: Deutsche Bahn and EVG want to meet again

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After the failed first round of negotiations, Deutsche Bahn and the union meet again. A date has already been set.

In the collective bargaining dispute at Deutsche Bahn, representatives of the group and EVG want to sit down again next Tuesday in Berlin. An agreement was reached with Deutsche Bahn on this date, said an EVG spokesman for the German Press Agency. For the day, the EVG has also called on employees of Deutsche Bahn and other companies to a demonstration in Berlin, which is to be followed by talks from 4 p.m.

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The basic attitude of the union remains the same, said the spokesman: They wanted to talk to the railways about the minimum wage first. The EVG informed the group that they would like to have the offer one day before the start of negotiations so that the tariff commission could evaluate it.

After a complicated start to negotiations, it had previously become known at the end of February that the group had announced a tariff offer. Accordingly, the company had invited the union by letter to continue the collective bargaining in Berlin for the coming week, the talks were to begin on March 14 at 4 p.m.

The EVG was initially willing to talk, but also reacted cautiously. With regard to the planned demonstration on Tuesday, an EVG spokesman initially stated that negotiations with the railways would only take place on Wednesday, March 15th.

The requirements

The first round of negotiations was interrupted after just two hours at the end of February. The EVG did not want to negotiate further without an offer from the employer. In the negotiations, the union is demanding at least 650 euros more wages for 180,000 employees, and they want to achieve an increase of twelve percent for the higher wages for a period of twelve months.

In addition, she calls for some structural changes in the collective agreements. The railways had described the demands as clearly too high and the interruption in negotiations after only two hours in the first round as “completely unnecessary”.

Source: Stern

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