Giessen/Marburg (dpa/lhe) - The Verdi trade union reacted "cautiously optimistically" to the progress made in the negotiations on the future development of the privatized university hospital in Gießen and Marburg (UKGM). However, the exact wording of the new future paper remains to be seen and, above all, it is unclear whether the agreement really applies to all employees, said trade union secretary Fabian Dzewas-Rehm on Tuesday, according to a statement. Verdi's goal remains to conclude a collective agreement that includes a "comprehensive ban on outsourcing and protection against dismissals".
The state of Hesse, the hospital operator - Rhön-Klinikum AG - and the UKGM had announced the day before that they had achieved a breakthrough in the talks to conclude a new future paper on cooperation and securing investment needs for the next ten years. One is confident that all central points have now been clarified and that they will be able to tie them down in a contractual agreement by the end of January. The main points are state subsidies for investments and the waiver of redundancies. The negotiations have been going on for months and were deadlocked in the meantime.
"We want safe and good working conditions," stressed Dzewas-Rehm. The trade unionist announced further actions to enforce the demands for the next few weeks. Non-medical employees at the university hospital have gone on warning strikes several times in the past few months.