Union chief upbeat on prospects for deal in German wage talks

FILE PHOTO: Members of German public sector workers union Verdi stage a strike at the airport in demand for higher wages in Frankfurt, Germany April 10, 2018. Signs read
Members of German public sector workers union Verdi stage a strike at the airport in demand for higher wages in Frankfurt

BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of Germany’s public sector union said he was upbeat about reaching a compromise with employers in a third round of wage talks due to begin on Sunday, after a week of strikes by more than 150,000 union members.

Verdi leader Frank Bsirske told German newspaper Handelsblatt the two sides had been far apart in the previous two rounds of wage talks, but he was more optimistic going into the third round.

“Given the signals that I’m now getting, it should be possible to achieve a sustainable compromise,” Bsirske told Handelsblatt.

Verdi, with 2.3 million members, and the dbb assocation of civil servants, which represents 344,000…

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