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Germany’s Ver.di Union to Fight for Pay Demand, Chief Tells ARD

March 12, 2012

Germany’s Ver.di union is ready to fight for a pay increase of 6.5 percent for federal and municipal workers as it resumes talks today with employers, Chairman Frank Bsirske told ARD Television.

“We seek a clear, sustainable and real improvement,” Bsirske said. The union, representing about 2 million municipal and federal workers, will hold second-round pay talks beginning today in Potsdam near Berlin.

Bsirske said his union’s pay claim would, if agreed, help bolster domestic demand as exports weaken in the debt crisis. The union has staged warning strikes in regions across the country since first-round pay talks began March 1.

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