After a month of strike, the Vivantes board and the Verdi negotiators have agreed on key points for a collective agreement. The union and the board of Berlin’s state-owned clinic chain announced on Tuesday – the strike of the nursing staff is now suspended.
As requested by the strikers, the Verdi and Vivantes leadership agreed on fixed personnel keys on the wards; the quotas should exceed the minimum staffing introduced by the federal government. If the nursing staff then care for more patients than planned, the employees receive staggered leisure time entitlement or money. More details will be agreed in the next few weeks.
Within the clinic, it is assumed that 1500 new employees will now be required with the same number of patients, most of them qualified nurses. Around 18,000 people currently work for the state-owned Vivantes Group, many of them part-time.
The collective agreement also focuses on promoting training. In addition to specific improvements in the practical quality of training, Vivantes is now also regulating the provision of all trainees with notebooks for school and private use, which can be taken over after successful completion of the training. In addition, all trainees receive a specific job offer and information on career prospects in the company in their second year.
Vivantes will use the three-year term of the collective agreement for an ongoing scientific evaluation to improve working conditions. The Verdi negotiators reached an agreement with the Charité board a week ago on similar key points for such a relief collective agreement.
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According to the preliminary plan, the university clinic will have to recruit up to 750 more nurses in addition to its current 4,800 nurses by 2025. The cleaning and kitchen staff of the Vivantes subsidiaries are still fighting, where Brandenburg’s former Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck has been turned on as a moderator. Workers are demanding the higher wages of the public service collective agreement.
The strike at Vivantes’ subsidiaries continues, however. Here the union is fighting for an alignment of tariffs with the public service. To this end, collective bargaining should be resumed on Thursday. The former Brandenburg Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck (SPD) is supposed to mediate.
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Verdi announced a rally in front of the Red City Hall for Wednesday morning (10 a.m.), to which the union expects several hundred participants. In the words of Meike Jäger, head of the health department at Verdi, an appeal should be made to politicians to work for a quick collective agreement. The demonstrators then want to move to the Zionskirche in Prenzlauer Berg.