Tübingen (dpa / lsw) - A few days before a third round of negotiations, employees at four university hospitals in the southwest began a warning strike lasting several days. According to the Verdi union, around 2,000 employees took part on Monday at the university hospitals in Tübingen, Heidelberg, Freiburg and Ulm. The union is therefore demanding an offer "that does justice to the considerable burden on employees caused by inflation".
The warning strikes are expected to last until Thursday. On this day, Verdi and the employers' association of the Baden-Württemberg university hospitals (AGU) come together for what will be the final round of negotiations for the time being. The university hospitals complained about disadvantages for the patients and referred to their previous offer. By their very nature, strikes are always at the expense of the patients, a spokeswoman for the AGU said on Monday. As a rule, only emergency care can be guaranteed, but a large part of the planned treatment program has to be canceled.