Who the warning strikes hit in the public service

The first warning strikes begin this Tuesday: Verdi has announced work stoppages in Unna, Gütersloh and Augsburg. No area is excluded from this. Parents of young children are particularly affected again.

FThe past few months have been stressful for the parents of smaller children. In addition to the corona restrictions, they also had to bridge closed or restricted day-care centers by the summer. This can now be repeated. However, this does not threaten as a result of a corona relapse, but through warning strikes. After the second round of negotiations for the approximately 2.3 million public sector employees of the federal and local governments, the service union Verdi has announced the first strikes from this Tuesday.

Outstanding claims in daycare centers are expressly included. No area should be excluded from the diverse public service. In addition to the educators in the daycare centers, municipal employees in the administration, the baths, the garbage disposal, in job centers and sewage treatment plants will soon be on strike.

First strikes on Tuesday

In North Rhine-Westphalia, according to Verdi, there will be the first full-day work stoppages in Unna, Duisburg, Remscheid and Gütersloh from this Tuesday and in Bavaria at the city drainage in Augsburg. “Applause was yesterday – and today there is a kick in the buttocks for employees in the public service,” said the deputy regional manager Norbert Flach.

In Baden-Württemberg, Verdi announced warning strikes in offices on Wednesday in Friedrichshafen and on Thursday in Ulm and the Ludwigsburg region. For the coming week, the union speaks of a significant expansion. For reasons of Corona protection, Verdi is mainly planning work stoppages close to the company. In Hesse, the strike will only take place after Wednesday and in Hamburg on Thursday. In addition, vigils are planned in front of municipal hospitals in Bavaria on Tuesday and demos in Berlin and Hamburg on Thursday.

For more salary: a doctor with mouth and nose protection and a surgical cap demonstrates in Potsdam.
For more salary: a doctor with mouth and nose protection and a surgical cap demonstrates in Potsdam.: Image: dpa

Public service employers are demanding that the negotiated collective agreement extend into 2023. The unions want a term of twelve months, 4.8 percent more wages and an increase of at least 150 euros per month. Ulrich Mädge (SPD), Lord Mayor of Lüneburg, President of the Association of Municipal Employers’ Associations (VKA) and negotiator for the municipalities, rates the union demand as “far too expensive”. The employers do not want to submit an offer until the separate rounds of negotiations with hospitals and savings banks have ended.

Less tax revenue for municipalities

In the Corona period, almost all municipalities worry about their finances: Expenditures for health authorities are increasing, income is falling noticeably – especially due to lower trade tax payments by companies. The federal government has paved the way for billions in compensation. However, that should not compensate for all failures. The cash position depends on the further course of the crisis. According to the tax estimate from September, the tax revenues of the municipalities will recover in 2022 when, according to the forecast, they should have reached the level of 2019 at 116 billion euros. For this year, a decrease of almost 10 percent to 104 billion euros is expected.

The Beamtenbund dbb expects concrete warning strike actions in the second half of the week. The time until the next talks with employers, the third round of negotiations on October 22nd and 23rd, is unusually long. This is not good news for parents who are dependent on communal daycare centers. You have to expect a longer break.