9 Mar 2023 8:16 p.m
The employees of Deutsche Post have rejected the offer of the third round of collective bargaining on February 10th. The economic policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group called the demand for a wage increase of 15 percent even with high inflation “unrealistic”.
The members of the united services union Verdi, who work as employees for Deutsche Post AG, voted in a ballot for an indefinite strike. 85.9 percent of those surveyed rejected Deutsche Post’s offer to around 160,000 employees. Negotiations will continue on Friday. Verdi Deputy Chairwoman and Chief Negotiator Andrea Kocsis stated:
“Deutsche Post AG is now responsible for averting an indefinite strike by making significant material improvements to the rejected offer.”
Verdi is demanding a wage increase of 15 percent for postal employees. Almost 90 percent of Deutsche Post employees receive a gross monthly salary of between EUR 2,108 and EUR 3,090. Deutsche Post’s offer of February 10 provided for a tax-free inflation compensation premium of EUR 3,000 and a wage increase of EUR 340 in two stages from 2024.
The economic policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Reinhard Houben, criticized the union’s decision:
“Even with high inflation, Verdi’s demand for a 15 percent increase in salaries is unrealistic. Against this background, a strike is not justified.”
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