“Underpaid, overburdened, unnoticed” or “Better working conditions” – that’s what some posters and banners were labeled at a demo in downtown Ludwigshafen, in which numerous educators took part on Wednesday morning. They made themselves known loudly with slogans and whistles and, at around 9.30 a.m., marched through the pedestrian zone during the protest march organized by the Verdi trade union – escorted by the police. Like other Rhineland-Palatinate cities, Ludwigshafen is also affected by warning strikes by daycare staff. Municipal daycare centers remained closed.
More money, more recognition
The background to the strikes are unsuccessful negotiations with the Association of Municipal Employers’ Associations (VKA) in the municipal social and educational service. In the collective bargaining, the union calls for an improvement in working conditions, measures to combat the shortage of skilled workers and financial recognition of the work of employees in social and educational services. The nationwide wage negotiations are to be continued on May 16th and 17th in Potsdam.