Wages: EVG optimistic ahead of collective bargaining with Deutsche Bahn

Wages: EVG optimistic ahead of collective bargaining with Deutsche Bahn

Collective bargaining at the railway in Fulda: The group and the EVG union in Hesse want to negotiate for three days. Passengers can hope – recently both sides sent signals of rapprochement.

In the collective bargaining dispute at Deutsche Bahn, the railway and transport union (EVG) has again asked the employer to sharpen its own offer. The group’s previous offer is not enough, “because our demand is 650 euros as a fixed amount over 12 months,” said EVG negotiator Kristian Loroch on Tuesday in Fulda. If the union senses that the employer is not interested in constructive negotiations in the forthcoming talks on Tuesday afternoon, there is a risk of renewed warning strikes, including a possible ballot vote with then unlimited strikes. “But the employers have it in their hands,” said Loroch.

Representatives of the EVG and Deutsche Bahn want to negotiate a new collective agreement in Fulda from Tuesday (2:30 p.m.). So far, Deutsche Bahn has offered a tax- and duty-free inflation compensation premium and a tariff increase in increments of ten percent for lower and middle incomes and eight percent for those with higher incomes. With a term of 27 months, the first stage would not come until next year. The EVG calls for a table increase in 2023.

Loroch does not believe that the meeting in Fulda will result in a conclusion. “But I’m optimistic that we’re making big strides that will help us, at least in the foreseeable future, to be able to pour the whole thing into collective bargaining agreements,” said Loroch. The negotiations are scheduled up to and including Thursday.

Source: Stern

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