Bonn (dpa) - In the midst of the Corona crisis, Deutsche Post and the Verdi union have agreed on a new collective agreement for around 140,000 employees.

The employees are to get 3 percent more wages and salaries by January 1 of next year, as the Bonn-based company and the union announced on Wednesday.

A year later there should be another plus of 2 percent.

In addition, full-time employees should receive a one-off payment of 300 euros in November, part-time employees and trainees should receive 150 euros.

A Verdi tariff commission unanimously adopted the tariff result at a meeting.

The new collective agreement is expected to run for 28 months and run until the end of December 2022.

In addition to the increases in salaries and wages, higher remuneration for trainees and dual students and an extension of the exclusion of compulsory redundancies until the end of December 2023 were agreed.

In addition, an option that has existed since 2018 has been updated.

This means that employees can choose whether they want to forego the planned wage and salary increase and instead get more free time - a so-called relief period.

Post Personnel Director Thomas Ogilvie spoke in a press release of a “good overall agreement” that offers planning security for employees and customers.

“It was important for us to agree on sustainable wage increases in a very uncertain overall economic situation, which on the one hand represent an appreciation for the performance of our employees, but on the other hand also enable us to make further investments in our business in order to secure long-term employment .

We achieved this goal, »said Ogilvie.

The deputy Verdi chairwoman Andrea Kocsis was also satisfied with the agreement.

“That is a good result of the negotiations, which brings a sustainable wage increase, security and perspective for the employees.

Without the strong commitment of our members, this would not have been possible, ”said the union negotiator.

In the past two weeks, thousands of postal workers had temporarily stopped working to put pressure on employers.

There were impairments in the sorting and delivery of letters and parcels.

According to the company, roughly 2 percent of the nationwide volume of letters and parcels remained on the warning strike days for the time being.

According to Verdi, around 22,000 workers at more than 300 locations took part in the six days of the strike.

On Monday, both parties to the collective bargaining met for the third round of negotiations.

Originally, Verdi had asked for an increase of 5.5 percent with a contract term of 12 months.

This was clearly too much for the Bonn group.

At the previous wage agreement in April 2018, both sides agreed on a two-stage increase - in October 2018 wages and salaries rose by 3 percent and in October 2019 by 2.1 percent.

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