Hundreds of warning strikes at three NRW university hospitals

In the morning, strikers gathered in front of university hospitals in North Rhine-Westphalia with whistles, ratchets and posters. But there is no sign of any concession from employers in the public sector.

Düsseldorf – Several hundred employees of the three university hospitals in Essen, Düsseldorf and Cologne temporarily stopped work on Tuesday.

With warning strikes, which the service union Verdi had called, they emphasized their demands in the hitherto failed collective bargaining in the public service of the federal states and demonstrated for higher wages.

According to Verdi regional district spokeswoman Lisa Wiese, a total of around 1,300 people took part in the warning strikes at the three locations. In order not to endanger the care of the patients, especially in the intensive care units, Verdi had made “emergency service agreements” with the clinics for the duration of the strike measures in the pandemic. Warning strikes in Bonn and Münster are to follow this Wednesday

State employees stand in front of the Braunschweig State Theater during a warning strike.

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With whistles, ratchets and cardboard posters (“Care shouldn’t make you sick”), the strikers gathered in front of the university hospitals in the morning. In Cologne, according to Verdi, around 700 participants took a demonstration to Albertus-Magnus-Platz, where a rally was planned. As early as 8:00 a.m., around 350 employees came together on the clinic premises in Düsseldorf. At the Essen University Hospital, around 250 employees sometimes went on strike for the whole day. As in Cologne and Düsseldorf, there was an “emergency program”, fewer operations than usual were possible.

Meanwhile, the hospital society called for a swift end to the warning strike. “We are in a critical pandemic situation. We firmly believe that strikes will be carried out in such a way that supplies are always secured. Otherwise we hope that the wage conflict can be resolved as quickly as possible, ”said the head of the hospital company, Gerald Gaß, of the“ Rheinische Post ”.

Verdi country manager Gabriele Schmidt criticized the fact that the countries had not made an offer in the second collective bargaining round last week. “Not submitting an offer to us and at the same time wiping all of our demands off the table with a mere” no “shows that there is a lack of appreciation.” It was not just since the beginning of the corona pandemic that “incredible things” have been achieved in the health sector, said Schmidt.

For the approximately 1.1 million employees in the public service of the federal states and the almost 1.4 million civil servants, Verdi, together with the DGB unions of the police (GdP), education and science (GEW) and the construction industry (IG Bau), is calling for as well as a negotiating community of civil servants (dbb tarifunion) an income increase of five percent, but at least 150 euros for a term of twelve months. dpa

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