Verdi calls for warning strikes

Deutsche Post employees demand a higher income. Due to the corona pandemic, the Group’s numbers have recently increased. Employees have now stopped working at several locations.

Looking ahead to the next round of negotiations with Deutsche Post, the union has Gave called for warning strikes on Wednesday morning. At the beginning of the morning, according to union information, postal workers put in at several locations in NRW as well as at the Munich letter center.

The last offer is interpreted as “provocation and our members, who contribute to the company’s success every day, will not simply accept that,” said the deputy Gave-Chairman and negotiator Andrea Kocsis on Wednesday. The Post Group was able to significantly increase its result in the corona pandemic.

Big difference between the negotiating partners

According to the union, the wanted German postal service recently offered their 140,000 employees 1.5 percent more money for twelve months. In contrast, Verdi is sticking to an increase in income of 5.5 percent over a period of twelve months. In addition, trainees and dual students are to receive a monthly increase of 90 euros. The next round of negotiations will take place on 21./22. September.

The German Post DHL had reported good business figures for the past quarter at the beginning of August. Overall, the logistics giant’s sales increased by around three percent to almost 16 billion euros between April and June. The profit attributable to the shareholders even increased by 14.6 percent to 525 million euros. The main growth driver was the e-commerce boom in Corona-Krisethat fueled the parcel business.

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To save jobs: union boss wants four days a week

How can as many jobs as possible be saved in the corona pandemic? This question is becoming increasingly important for the trade unions. IG Metall suggests taking the automotive industry as an example.

In view of the corona crisis, IG Metall proposes agreeing a four-day week as an option for companies in the coming collective bargaining round in order to save jobs. “The four-day week would be the answer to structural change in sectors such as the auto industry. This means that industrial jobs can be kept instead of being written off,” said union leader Jörg Hofmann of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

The companies have an interest in reducing working hours instead of laying off staff. “That secures skilled workers and saves costs for a social plan, for example,” said the IG Metall chairman. According to the newspaper, he announced that he would be calling for a wage increase in the coming collective bargaining round despite the recession. He called on the federal government to extend the duration of the short-time allowance to 24 months.

There are already several agreements in the automotive industry to respond to the slump in demand in the Corona crisis: Daimler has reached an agreement with the works council to reduce the weekly working time in administration and in production-related areas by two hours from October onwards without lowering wages. The automotive supplier ZF Friedrichshafen has negotiated a collective agreement with IG Metall, which provides that weekly working hours at German locations can be reduced by up to 20 percent. In return for the loss of income, the foundation group from Lake Constance wants to forego operational layoffs among the 50,000 employees in Germany by 2022 and not close any locations.

The regulation at the world’s largest automotive supplier Bosch does not go that far. There, the working hours of employees in development, research, sales and administration at some locations in the greater Stuttgart area were reduced by up to ten percent by the end of the year. Around 35,000 employees are affected. The works agreement negotiated with the employee representatives replaces short-time working in these areas. Short-time working will continue to apply in production until the end of 2020. The locations should be able to react flexibly to fluctuating demand. The supplier Continental is also working on such a regulation.

Volkswagen as a role model

In future, this path should be open to all companies in the metal and electrical industry, said IG Metall boss Hoffmann, and called for a “certain wage compensation for the employees so that the employees can afford it.” The topic of how as many jobs as possible can be preserved in the corona pandemic is becoming increasingly important for unions. Because many companies are under increasing pressure to reduce personnel costs. In order to avoid mass layoffs, large corporations in particular agree to reduce their weekly working hours.

The model they are based on is the four-day week with which Volkswagen saved tens of thousands of jobs in the early 1990s. While the employees of the car company in the German plants worked 20 percent less and had to forego part of their wages, the agreements today are differentiated and sometimes only apply to certain groups of employees or individual departments. But the principle is the same: the work is distributed differently so that as many as possible keep their jobs.

In contrast to short-time work, in which the Federal Employment Agency pays part of the lost income for a certain period of time, the conditions for a reduction in weekly working hours are negotiated between the works council and company management. Larger companies often pay their employees a partial wage adjustment.

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Škoda will never be a cheap car, it must match the competition, says Kulhánek. According to him, Superb and Kodiaq should stay

The newly elected Chairman of the Board of Directors will replace Bernhard Maier, who ends up at the helm of the company after less than five years. Fifty-year-old Schäfer joined the top management of Volkswagen in 2012. Since 2015, he has been the CEO of the South African representation, covering the entire sub-Saharan African region.

“The question is whether he will dig for a Škoda. So far, according to him, that he will dig for the team of which he is the captain, then it would be very good. I would expect a positive rather than a negative development from this, “thinks Vratislav Kulhánek, who was the chairman of the carmaker’s board from 1997 to 2004.

The chairman of the KOVO Škoda Auto trade unions, Jaroslav Povšík, has previously said that Schäfer is a rabbit pulled out of his hat. According to him, it is not yet clear where he will direct the carmaker, but the key position is the entire group. “I have expectations from the group that the group must function as a whole. And if it works well, so will Škoda, “said Povšík.

Each brand has its own flagship, says Kulhánek

Volkswagen director Herbert Diess recently told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Skoda “is not aggressive enough” to compete with Koreans and French in terms of volume of cars sold. According to him, the carmaker must strengthen its position in the segment of cost-effective cars. Analysts therefore expect the new boss to change towards cheaper car classes.

“I really don’t like the wording ‘cheap cars.’ Skoda will never be a cheap car. Skoda will be a car that should match the prices of competing cars in its class. And if we talk about Korean cars, then it’s not bad quality, it’s not bad cars. When we talk about Renault or Peugeot, but we can also talk about Ford, these are all brands that Škoda has to compete with, “believes Kulhánek.

“Every brand should have its own flagship. And that flagship will be the Superb. Like flagships, they have the brands we’re talking about that Skoda should compete with. So Suberb and, in my opinion, Kodiaq should stay in Škoda in any case, “added Kulhánek.

Povšík warns against moving the production of important models outside the Czech Republic. It also threatens to stop production, even if, according to him, this is the last resort. “If it affected our employment, the margins we have from those cars, we would be hit by wages and bonuses, and we would deal with that,” he said.

He also rejects the claim that different models compete within the group. “I do not think we are in competition. We complement each other, “he says. “Those cars didn’t fall from the sky. Superb approved. And it was done here because we were relatively cheap, advantageous, highly flexible, “he added.

If the economy works, new cars will be bought

The events and comments also focused on the impact of the crisis caused by the new coronavirus pandemic on the automotive industry. The editor-in-chief of the Autoweek.cz website, Vladimír Rybecký, emphasized that the domestic automotive industry depends on what the entire economic situation will look like.

“The automotive industry is not in a vacuum. It all depends on how strong the customers will be, how willing and able they will be to shop. I would just like to remind you that at least two thirds of new car buyers are companies, those cars are bought as company cars. This means that if the economy works, new cars will also be bought, “Rybecký concluded.

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Olivier Veran announces the six billion euros to increase the salaries at the hospital

A month after the launch of the ” Ségur health “, Olivier Veran was unveiled Wednesday, June 24, the envelope provided for wage increases for caregivers. As well, the minister of health has referred to the sum of six billion euros to be shared between hospitals and long-term care-public, but also, to some extent, with the private sector.

→ TO READ. Public hospital : they want the caregivers

After weeks of consultation without the sales, the trade unions know finally how much the government is willing to spend to improve the remuneration of staff in hospitals, outside physicians, who are the subject of a negotiation parallel. It was during a meeting on this subject that Olivier Veran has advanced the figure of six billion euros” for hospitals, medico-social establishments (public) and private institutions “said one of the participants.

This amount includes a general increase of salaries of the agents of the public hospital service (hospitals, long-term care facilities…), a revision of the premiums, as well as increases targeted to certain professions, which could be extended to private institutions, has specified three other sources.

“A significant amount “

According to a draft agreement presented during a previous meeting, Friday, June 19, these increases targeted concern in particular the categories of formal (nurses, caregivers) and medical-technical (laboratory technicians, manipulative and radio). This document, given to the unions, provided that the general increase of salaries in the public sector comes into force” effective 1er July “for the million staff in the public sector, whether they are licensees or contractors.

For a responsible trade union, wage bargaining can now begin because” it finally knows the bottom of the range “. Two weeks of the conclusion of the ” Ségur “,” the money-time “said the trade unionist. Six billion, it is” a significant amount of money “, has underlined his side, one of the Federation hospitalière de France (FHF), which had assessed the needs of 5.5 billion euros, but for the public sector alone. It” rest to work, negotiate and agree on the scope and distribution “, she insisted.

The question of sharing public-private

Launched at the end of may by Édouard Philippe, the ” Ségur health “, led by the former leader of the CFDT, Nicole Notat, must implement by mid-July the” massive plan to redevelop and investment “promised by Emmanuel Macron in the midst of the epidemic of coronavirus. For some unions, who claim a” revaluation of wages “at least 300 euros net per month in public institutions, there is still, despite the six billion put on the table by the executive.

The possibility of having to share a portion of the amount with the private sector, an assumption which was not included in the draft agreement, has surprised many participants hostile to the idea. ” It is necessary that the government should review completely the copy “, considers itself a responsible trade union, for which” the pressure “now rests on the shoulders of” the executive “who has an obligation to “ result “.

→ IN THE IMAGES. Crisis in the hospital, caregivers in the street

After the success of their day of action on 16 June, which brought several tens of thousands of protesters all over France, several unions (CGT, FO, SUD, Unsa) and the collective of caregivers (Inter-Hospital, Inter-Emergencies) have called for new rallies on 30 June. Another mobilization is also considered at the 14 July, in a form not yet defined.

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The reform of the medicine and the work revived by the crisis of the sars coronavirus

At the end of August 2018, the member LREM Charlotte Lecocq made public a report on health at work. The goal : to simplify its organization and, above all, strengthen the prevention. ” If we consider the budget of 13 billion euros allocated to stops working and stops diseases, only 4% are oriented towards prevention. The institutions are acting when it is too late. More France will invest in prevention, the less it will cost to repair “, stressed the mp, when questioned by “The Cross” in August 2018.

→ MAINTENANCE. Health at work, how to strengthen the prevention

Put to sleep, the debate has been aroused by the crisis of the sars coronavirus. A trigger, a column published last may 15 at the JDD, in which 158 members of the majority – in which the head of The Republic on Stanislas Guerini – called” a major reform of the health at work “. They expressed clearly that the occupational health services had not been competent enough in managing the health crisis :” Companies have found themselves alone and feeling helpless for several days, which in a climate of anxiety, has contributed to penalize the maintenance of economic activity in some sectors.

Ongoing negotiations

To insert the nail, in a report published at the beginning of June, it is the general Inspection of social affairs (Igas), which assessed a lack of effectiveness of occupational health Services to business (SSTI), which are distinguished from health Service to self-employment (STTA). As noted by the national Institute of research and safety (INRS), a company or institution may choose to organize a SSTA when his numbers reach or exceed 500 employees. When the staff of employees is less than 500 employees, the employer must adhere to a SSTI.

It is in this climate that, on Monday 15 June, the negotiations have started between trade unions and employers, two days after he received a letter of guidance from the ministry of labour. ” It was in the nick of time ! “judge Serge Legagnoa, present to the negotiations for Force Ouvrière.

Thursday, June 18, the president of the Medef Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux went to the CMIE (Centre medical interentreprises Europe), a service of health at work in paris. Created in 1964, this association following more than 350 000 employees, is one of the largest health services in France and is part of the networks SSTI – on which the Medef has the hand for the most part – rightly pointed out by the Igas and the report Lecocq.

Sustainability of tele-consultation

At this meeting, Claudine Sulitzer, the president of CMIE has highlighted the role that his centre had been during the health crisis. In particular, on the use of tele-consultation with employees followed. The containment has, according to it, permit” remove a lock “because the tele-consultation are little used by the physicians of the work (the argument of medical confidentiality are often placed on the table).

The director would like to see the temporary authorization, granted by the ministry of labour for the containment, perpetuates. Just as the use of questionnaires pre-visit, that the employee completes on his / her computer or smartphone, before the medical visit. Two applications to which the president of the Medef was indicative of his support.

Impossible to track an employee changing from department

Beyond the crisis of the coronavirus, Claudine Sulitzer has detailed other dysfunctions, which, to her, prevent the full effectiveness of the system. The SSTI does not have, for example, not have the freedom to choose their place of anchorage. They must have a approval geographical, granted by the Direccte (regional Directorates of companies, competition, consumption, labour and employment).

→ FORUM. Health reform at work : employees and enterprises be the winners ?

This certification is obsolete “judge Claudine Sulitzer. His association has an agreement on all the arrondissements of Paris but can be present partially in other departments of the Île-de-France and has none in the Yvelines (78). ” So if an employer or an employee changes department, it is not necessarily possible to follow “, she says.

The next negotiations between trade unions and employers will take place on the 23rd of June, and then the debate will resume on 3 September, at which time a bill must be tabled in Parliament. “ It has a bit the impression of working under a sword of Damocles, regrets Serge Legagnoa. It is necessary to allow time for the social partners to negotiate in order not to succumb to the emotion of the epidemic. All the problems are not there. There are structural considerations, such as the shortage of occupational physicians, which also explain the inefficiencies.

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The Germany says about scientists


Scientists conduct research under the most stringent arrangements with corona virus in a high-security laboratory at the Helmholtz centre for infection research in Braunschweig, Germany.
Image: dpa

Statements of researchers have just as much influence on the daily life as rarely before. For the F. A. Z. the allensbach Institute asks: How do the citizens during the crisis about the science?

Die-Corona-epidemic has not changed in the last few months in the everyday lives of citizens in many ways, not solid, but also their perception of the state, its actors, and also other groups in society. As has been quoted in the past few weeks, with good reason, frequently, the political science Thesis, according to which crises are the “hour of the Executive”. In fact, the surveys conducted by the Institute for demo copy to show all of Bach, is that the Prestige of the state and the government has grown in the current exception situation.

As much as the views of the government has changed in the crisis, the impression that the Germans of the science. Certainly, the extensive media coverage plays a role here, the abstract itself, rather, for many citizens, hard-to-reach statistical aspects, such as reproduction rates, infection probabilities and the ratio of the demographic, infection and death numbers with great thoroughness dedicated to. This media offers triggered a great deal of satisfaction. The Podcast of the Berlin virologist Christian Drosten recorded according to the information of the North German broadcasting company, in the meantime, more than 15 million views. It can be assumed that factual, in-depth, nuanced presentations of scientific issues in the media have had since the years Bernhard Grzimeks no comparable range more.

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unions of health-care workers called the strike on 16 June

“A national day of action initiatives and to strike “. In full – ” Segur of health “, several unions (CGT, FO, SUD, Unsa) and collective-hospital (Inter-Emergency, Inter-Hospital) called, Thursday, June 4, a day of mobilization, on the 16th of June next.

→ TO READ. Public hospital : they want the caregivers

This coalition, which was very active during the last strikes of the personal hospital, calls in particular for a “revalorization of wages “a “recruitment plan “a “training plan “ and “the shutdown of all the closures of institutions, services and beds “. The unions say “non taken into account.” of their demands by the government, and say that “the professional is not merely more promises and half-measures “.

A ” sham consultation “

Tested by the crisis of the Covid, caregivers, expect a lot of the great dialogue on health was launched by the executive on 25 may, which should lead, by mid-July, with concrete proposals for the public hospital and the caregivers.

→ ANALYSIS. Emmanuel Macron laying the groundwork for its plan for the hospital

The minister of health, Olivier Véran, promised “measures of scale “ and” radical “. But several unions, denouncing a “sham consultation “ and a “operation communication “. On Wednesday, South Health announced that he was leaving the negotiating table.

“During the crisis, the president Macron has made a series of promises. But since the beginning of the discussions, you can’t see anything coming “said Jean-Marc Devauchelle, secretary-general of SOUTHERN Health Social. “The government makes announcements, but then arrives at the Segur hands in pockets. This is unacceptable “, he added, denouncing a “lack of consideration “ for the trade unions.

A salary increase of 300 euros net

In a press release, Southern Health, regretted that the government had not made a costed proposal on the remuneration. “As we feared, instead of negotiations, ( … ), we were introduced to a concept of réunion’brainstorming’ national “has criticized the union, pointing to a lack of “ways and means “ and “margin trading “. “In these conditions, the Ségur is an integral part of the problem and not the solution. Stay there, it would endorse the scheme of government.”

→ MAINTENANCE. Frédéric Valletoux : “There must be a New Deal for the health-care system “

Southern Health, the fourth trade union in the hospital civil service (8.5 percent), calls for an increase of salary of 300 € net for all employees in the hospital, as well as a moratorium on closures of hospital beds.

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Hospital. Unions plan mobilization day in mid-June

Several unions and hospital collectives said Friday May 15 reflect on a national mobilization day for the public hospital, strained by the coronavirus crisis and for which the government has promised a “Massive investment plan.

This mobilization day could take place mid-June, said in a joint press release these unions, including the Association of Emergency Physicians of France (Amuf), the CGT, and the Inter-hospital Collectives (CIH) and Inter-emergencies, at the forefront of mobilization to ask for more means and beds in the public hospital for more than a year.

They are organizing a video conference on the subject Monday, May 18.

> Follow our May 15 episode dedicated to the coronavirus pandemic here.

The promises of Emmanuel Macron

This announcement comes after Emmanuel Macron said Friday he wanted end “ to the impoverishment caregivers and promised that the state will be there, during a trip to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris.

Since the start of the epidemic, the President of the Republic affirmed that the day after would not be a return to the day before and promised to draw all the consequences of the crisis, stress the unions and hospital collectives in their press release.

Gold, For the moment, we don’t see anything coming in this direction. On the contrary, the deconfinement and the resumption of activity in the establishments are carried out without drawing the first lessons from the management of the health crisis and without hearing the demands of the professionals., they protest.

Hospital policy itself must be “questioned”

The President of the Republic pledged at the end of March to implement a massive investment plan “ for the hospital, including a upgrading of all quarries for staff, once the crisis is over.

Thursday, the head of state met for two hours by videoconference with hospital doctors, promising to go faster to upgrade wages and careers.

In addition to salary demands brought by professionals, these are the very foundations of the human resources policy at the hospital which must be questioned and modernized., said in a statement Friday the Ministry of Health, which ensures want to associate social partners to these works.

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The CGT and the CFDT register an increase in members for the year 2019

Reversing the curve is that the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) has just succeeded in 2019. For the first time since 2014, the union in France with the most members has seen its number of members increased.

“It’s a first since 2014” welcomed David Gistau, Confederal Secretary. For the time being, this increase has not yet been quantified. The CGT explains that it does not yet have final figures for the past year, because of the confinement and the closure of the headquarters in Montreuil for eight weeks, promising an assessment in late June. According to the non-final assessment, the CGT has 640,000 members, with 46% women and 54% men.

4,250 more CFDT members

With 625,525 members including 4,251 members compared to 2018 (which represents an increase of (+ 0.6%), the French Democratic Labor Confederation (CFDT) remains the second largest union in France in terms of membership. press release detailing its troops, the CFDT specifies that there are 50.66% women and 49.34% men.

In 2018, for the first time, the organization saw the number of women exceed that of men. Force Ouvrière (FO), claims 500,000 members.

A year 2019 marked by pension reform

The year 2019 was marked by strong social mobilization, particularly in December during the inter-professional strikes against the pension reform. At the call of the inter-union, several hundred thousand people took to the streets to protest against this reform. The protest movement had lasted in January before gradually withering away from February 2020.

2020 is a special year for trade union organizations. They are barred from mass rallies until at least September in accordance with government decisions on rallies of more than 5,000 people.

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