Schwerin (dpa / mv) - bus and tram drivers as well as workshop employees and office workers in local public transport in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania get more money. As the responsible employers' association (KAV) announced on Thursday in Schwerin, it agreed with the Verdi union on a gradual increase in wages and salaries for the around 2,400 employees in the affected local transport companies.
According to negotiator Karl-Heinz Pliete, Verdi entered the talks with a package of demands. This included a wage increase of two euros per hour, a minimum rest period of twelve hours or the reduction of working hours to 38 hours a week with full wage compensation. According to calculations by the employers' association, this would have meant an increase of around 18 percent. He refused.
As the managing director of the municipal employers' association, Carola Freier, said, the collective bargaining was influenced by the corona pandemic, massive increases in energy prices and steadily rising inflation. These factors placed a heavy burden on local public transport companies. "With the result of the collective bargaining agreement, they are clearly taking on their responsibility as social partners even in difficult times, but are also reaching their financial limits," said Freier. The sectoral collective agreement for local transport companies is currently being used directly by five companies and indirectly by three companies.