Strikes by German hospital doctors to press pay demand

14th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Thousands of doctors across Germany participated in limited token strikes.

Berlin -- Thousands of doctors across Germany participated in limited token strikes Thursday to press demands for a substantial pay rise for 55,000 public sector doctors, as unions and employers conducted a fourth round of talks.

The doctors, represented by Marburg Association (MB), are demanding an average pay rise of 10.2 percent, as well as an additional rise in pay for doctors in the eastern states.

Doctors in the formerly communist east still receive less pay than their western counterparts, almost 18 years after reunification.

The employers, represented by the VKA association of local authorities, have offered up to 4.5 percent, and are demanding a longer working week to cover the rise.

More than 1,000 doctors gathered to press their demands in Wiesbaden, where the talks were being held.

The striking doctors have pledged to ensure patients' lives are not endangered by their so-called "warning strikes," which often last an hour or so.

DPA with Expatica

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