Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - According to an initial assessment by the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative Association (BMGV), the warning strike by the messengers initially had no effect. The Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken operate 2,800 ATMs in the country, as a spokesman said. The money messengers are responsible for stocking the ATMs with cash.
Verdi functionary Eva Schmidt said: "The participation in the strike has clearly exceeded our expectations." Around 200 employees took part in the temporary work stoppages. She spoke of "clearly noticeable effects". Only a few tours were driven, if at all.
The warning strike is expected to continue until Monday evening. In Baden-Württemberg a warning strike was called at a company in Ettlingen and Stuttgart and at a company in Mannheim and Filderstadt. "Citizens should therefore provide themselves with sufficient cash as a precaution," it said. Around 1,000 employees in the southwest are affected by the collective bargaining.
In the third round of negotiations for around 11,000 employees in the money and security industry nationwide, both sides parted on Thursday night without a result. "The employers are still a long way from our demands and the needs of the employees," said Verdi negotiator Sonja Austermühle on Thursday. "That's why we will now increase the pressure with warning strikes."
Depending on the region and service, Verdi is demanding an increase in hourly wages to between EUR 16.19 and EUR 20.60. For company employees, the union wants to push through 11 percent higher wages and salaries.
According to their own information, the employers on Wednesday offered "effective hourly basic wage increases" of between 10.75 and 13.7 percent, depending on the region, in two steps over a period of 22 months.