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28 June 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 13:39 GMT+2

June 14, 2022

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The long social peace on the docks is likely to end German

Friday ver.di interrupted negotiations with ZDS considering that the offer submitted falls far below the guarantee of maintenance of the real wage

Negotiations for the renewal of the contract of the workers of the German ports have come to a standstill after Friday, on the occasion of the third round of negotiations in Hamburg, the Zentralverband der deutschen Seehafenbetriebe (ZDS), the association of the German ports, she had presented herself by making an offer that to her notice would fully satisfy the demands of the union. This was not the case: after ten hours of discussions, in late in the evening the trade union organization ver.di decided to interrupt the negotiations considering the proposal inadequate.

ZDS' offer provides for an increase in remuneration hourly of 0.90 euros and an increase in annual salary of 600 euro for workers working in the container sector. In addition allowances are provided to mitigate the effects of the increase in the cost of living that - the association has specified - are equal to 1,000 euros for workers in the containers and 500 euros for those of the other sectors of activity. According to the association, that offer corresponds to an increase in annual salary of +7.8% and +6.0% respectively. For the boss ZDS negotiator, Ulrike Riedel, with this proposal the association of ports has fully accepted the requests of the workers.

For the union, on the other hand, the offer is inadequate in how much - explained ver.di - translates into increases in the annual salary of +4.95% for workers in the containers and +3.75% for workers in other sectors, increases which - specified the union - in some cases are also Lower. "This offer - denounced the representative of the trade union Maya Schwiegershausen-Güth - is far beyond below the guarantee of maintenance of the real wage required by ver.di in consideration of the current growth rate of +7.9% of prices and is unacceptable for employees."

This diametrically opposed assessment of the proposal advanced by ZDS represents a further sign of a possible cracking of social peace on the German docks in place by decades and interrupted on Thursday by a workers' strike ports implemented in the last shift of work in view of the negotiations of the next day. To avoid further stoppages of the activity, both ver.di and ZDS have announced the possibility that a new round of negotiations could be started already in the coming days.

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