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Strike of the BVG on Monday trade Union Verdi loses all sense of proportion

In Collective disputes, it sometimes goes to buses and trains, but almost always around trees. Who is chasing workers on the tree, so the collective strategists say, must know how to get it back down. Wherein the height of the tree stands in a sense for the expectations of the employees: With each day of the strike, it goes up higher. And further and further away from a compromise that both sides can live with. This danger exists in the case of the BVG. How much of the social partners, the conflict got out of hand, today's 24-hour strike of the public transport in Berlin is true to a large extent.

the argument has focused on time and money for around 14,500 Employees: Verdi wants a reduction in working time from 39 to 36 hours and much higher salaries. The BVG Management has offered an average increase of 450 euros per month, which would result in an increase in total staff costs in the year to 90 million euros. The salary of a bus driver is to rise from the 2720 to 3420 Euro, says the SNB. That is a lot. Verdi referred to but employer information as a sham and accuses the social partners, the workforce of the columns, because there is for different groups of Employees different salary premiums.

Both sides advertise in the Public for their Position, because the Berlin of the victims are inside, and Berlin affected as a Strike. About the current conflict, the conditions for the Berlin public transport have an impact on the living conditions of urban residents. Public transport does not work according to economic laws of supply and demand, but belongs to the public services of General interest. Therefore, the BVG is a country of its own operation, its ongoing costs will be covered by more than one-third of the state budget. If Verdi and BVG agree on a salary increase, then the pay from the country to and by the passengers through higher ticket prices.

The unions need to be careful

in the General interest, including the transport, education, care and health, advised the Union well, the trees are not growing in to the sky. Strikes concern here, a lot of people, and if the Public and politicians lose the understanding of the collective receivables and the enforcement of the required strikes, then it is not far to a restriction of the right to strike, as employers, have been demanding for long for the General interest area. The question of whether a strike is proportionate, will be of the labour courts very different answer than today. And although the unions at the expense.

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Then would probably be allowed, that a few thousand airport control stop your most of the air traffic in this country, as in January. And then also a 24-hour strike by the Verdi members at the BVG would be hardly possible in a Negotiation in which both sides have come much closer; obviously, it's simply a question of nuances. To once again put pressure on the employer, had also served a couple of hours to strike.

LOB and Verdi together, the companies need to make as an employer more attractive, you can arrange more money for all. But also the company's approach is plausible, entrants disproportionately to upgrade. This year alone, the LPP needs to 760 new drivers, in order to compensate for the age-related retirements. The people come but only to the BVG when the income gap to the train, where drivers earn due to the nationwide rail-tariff, 500 Euro more than in the case of the subway will be closed.

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Susanne Vieth-Entus

coming Whether this LOB had to be free Monday, is doubtful. Verdi can be grateful for the patience of the citizens of Berlin.

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