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German trade unions seek 3.5pc wage hike for public sector workers

Published 11/02/2014 | 14:22

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the comment by a US diplomat is "unacceptable"
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the comment by a US diplomat is "unacceptable"

German trade unions representing service workers and civil servants said today they would seek a pay rise of 3.5pc and an extra €100 per month for around 2.1 million federal and municipal public sector workers.

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The Verdi and dbb trade unions are due to start wage negotiations with employers on March 13.

Last year many German workers secured large pay hikes, with Germany's regional public service workers winning a 5.6pc pay hike over two years, for example.

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