Berlin (dpa / bb) - For the approximately 215,000 retail employees in Berlin and Brandenburg, the Verdi union is demanding 4.5 percent more wages and salaries.

In addition, there will be 45 euros per month and the minimum wage will be set at 12.50 euros, as Verdi announced on Tuesday.

The union is also aiming for the relatively short term of nine months for the new collective agreement so that it can negotiate in parallel with other collective bargaining regions in the future.

Verdi referred to increased retail sales during the crisis.

The stationary trade has also benefited from this.

"Everyone kept the store running together, and these numbers are due to everyone in common," said negotiator Conny Weißbach.

Verdi wants to have the future collective agreement declared generally binding.

"Avoidance of collective bargaining agreements and a merciless cut-throat competition on the backs of colleagues are unfortunately still a major problem for employees in retail," said Weißbach.

They want to put a stop to this.


According to the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office, grocery stores saw strong growth in 2020 and also hired new people.

Specialist shops and department stores for textiles, do-it-yourself and furnishing supplies, on the other hand, lost an average of two percent of their sales.

Overall, the industry's sales exceeded the previous year's figure by 2.1 percent; adjusted for price increases, the increase was 0.9 percent.

Despite the high online share, the growth of retail in the capital remained below the national average, which showed a slightly higher plus.

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