German mail workers win 5.7 pct raise over 2 yearsApril 26, 2013 @ 4:28 am
BERLIN (AP) - German postal workers have won a 5.7 pay raise over two years in a deal that follows a string of short walkouts. It's one of several current disputes in which unions sought hefty increases.
The ver.di union and mail company Deutsche Post AG reached the deal for some 132,000 workers Friday.
They will get a 3.1 percent increase on Aug. 1, followed by another 2.6 percent in October 2014. The deal runs through May 2015.
Ver.di went into talks seeking a 6 percent hike and staged repeated "warning strikes" in recent days to underpin its demand. In separate negotiations, the IG Metall union is currently pushing for a 5.5 percent raise over a one-year period for workers in Germany's key manufacturing sector.
The demands reflect the German economy's relative health.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
While people may have supported I-502, they're getting tired of marijuana in their face
Beast is Back
Marshawn Lynch strolled into the VMAC Thursday afternoon, ending a seven-day holdout
The Blues are back, and we've got some great places to catch their show
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.