Frankfurt/Main (dpa/lhe) - In the dispute over better working conditions for the nurses at the Frankfurt University Hospital, the second round between employers and the Verdi union also remained unsuccessful. "We are still a long way from an agreement," said a spokeswoman for Verdi on Wednesday. A two-day warning strike is now planned from Thursday morning to Friday evening. Medical care is to be guaranteed with an emergency service agreement. Around 4,000 non-medical employees are to be called to the warning strike.
The supervising trade union secretary Hilke Sauthof-Schäfer expects several hundred employees to take part in the campaign. Accordingly, demonstration trains starting in front of the hospital are planned for the early shift on both days.
Most recently, there had been a week-long labor dispute in North Rhine-Westphalia for better working conditions for the employees of the six university hospitals there. Far more than 10,000 operations had to be postponed due to a shortage of staff. In mid-July, employers and the union then agreed on a compromise which, among other things, provides for a better staffing ratio, particularly in patient-related professional groups, as well as a shift-specific workload measurement based on days off.
The Frankfurt University Hospital is one of only two in Hesse. The Gießen-Marburg University Hospital was privatized and belongs to Rhön-Klinikum AG.