What you need to know about today’s big demo at Gelsenkirchen

Gelsenkirchen.
Three test trains, 8,000 participants expected: Gelsenkirchen became the center of a daycare center strike on May 11. The procession goes through these streets.

  • Great show in Gelsenkirchen: 8,000 employees of social and educational services are expected to arrive from across North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday 11 May.
  • are asking Before the third pay round More measures against staff shortages and improvement of working conditions.
  • it should Three marches which begins to move in the form of a star in the direction of Heinrich-König-Platz.

As President of the Municipal Employers Association (VKA), the Lord Mayor of Gelsenkirchen, Karin Welge, is the negotiator on the collective bargaining round of social and educational services.

Gelsenkirchen will be the center of action for the ongoing collective conflict between unions and local employers: 8,000 employees of social and educational services from across North Rhine-Westphalia will demonstrate loudly in the city center next Wednesday, May 11, emphasizing demand for ratings at higher salary levels.

8,000 protesters take these routes through Gelsenkirchen on May 11

According to union secretary Andrea Bornmann, there will be three test trains that will begin to move in the shape of a star in the direction of Heinrich-König-Platz. A demonstration march starts from Musiktheater im Revier, another protest march starts from the Schalker Verein coal vault, and the third delegation starts moving from Nienhausen. All three test trains start at 9:30 AM. The central gathering will then take place at Heinrich-König-Platz in the city center with Verdi National President Frank Wernke as keynote speaker from 10:30 am.


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The city of Amsher was not chosen by chance as the location of the central strike in the region. As President of the Municipal Employers Association (VKA), the Lord Mayor of Gelsenkirchen, Karin Welge, is the negotiator on the collective bargaining round of social and educational services.

So far, there is no sign of agreement between the two sides in the collective bargaining dispute. VKA is refusing a request for a better salary classification of about 330,000 employees. Employers argue, among other things, about “disproportionate and unreasonable increases in personnel costs” and see no reason for a better position, because teachers actually earn better than others in similar occupations.

Verdi: More appreciation for the 330,000 social and educational services employees

The other side complains of “overburden, unfair wages and constant pressure” and hopes that a better salary will make the job more attractive due to the current shortage of skilled workers in the industry.

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Collective bargaining for social services should actually take place in the spring of 2020, because of the prolonged Corona pandemic, the negotiating table has remained empty. Unions argue teachers should be given more recognition, especially two years after the pandemic.


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