Hamburg / Berlin (dpa) – The around 11,000 employees in the German seaports get three percent more wages. The Verdi union and the Central Association of German Seaport Companies (ZDS) have agreed on this. In addition, the vacation pay will be increased by 60 euros, as Verdi announced on Thursday. The total wage result corresponds to a basic wage increase of up to 3.3 percent. The collective wage agreement begins retrospectively on June 1 and has a term of twelve months. The agreement was reached on Wednesday after six rounds of negotiations.
Verdi negotiator Maya Schwiegershausen-Güth said that the deal is a great success that will benefit all dockworkers in all types of industry. It was possible to maintain the collective agreement and to achieve a permanent increase in all wages in the entire collective bargaining area.
ZDS negotiator Ulrike Riedel said in a statement that the deal would be difficult for the employer to cope with. “With an increase of over three percent in this year’s wage negotiations, we have gone far beyond the companies’ limits.” The corona crisis has drained the financial reserves of many companies. “The high degree is a further challenge for the competitiveness of the German seaports. However, in our view, another delay or termination would not have been in the interests of employers or employees.”
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