Raising the salaries of millions of German state employees, rewarding COVID
Berlin About 3.5 million public servants and government employees nationwide in Germany will receive a 2.8% raise and a tax-free COVID-19 bonus of 1,300 euros ($1,470) next year.
The agreement announced by unions Verdi and DBB on Monday will also see higher increases and hazard pay for workers in some medical and care professions and a tax-free bonus of 650 euros ($735) for trainees and trainees.
The unions had initially requested a 5% wage increase, citing the rising cost of living and the additional pressures its members have faced while working during the pandemic.
The agreement between unions and most of Germany’s 16 states follows a series of strikes, particularly in the healthcare sector, that have been in effect for two years.
It applies to public hospitals, schools, police, fire services and bureaucrats in all states except Hesse, where a similar agreement was reached last month.
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