Millions of German state employees to get raise, COVID bonus

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FILE – Employee of the public service of the city of Berlin wearing golden rescue blankets as they attend a warning strike for better payment in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 16, 2021. √About 3.5 million state-level employees and civil servants in Germany will receive a 2.8 percent raise and a tax-free COVID bonus of 1,300 euros, 1,470) Dollars, next year. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

BERLIN (AP) — About 3.5 million state-level employees and civil servants in Germany will receive a 2.8% raise and a tax-free COVID-19 bonus of 1,300 euros ($1,470) next year.

The agreement announced by the United Services Trade Union and the German Civil Service Federation Monday will also see higher raises and hazard pay for workers in some medical and care professions and a tax-free bonus of 650 euros ($735) for trainees and interns.

The unions had initially asked for a pay increase of 5%, citing the rising cost of living and additional strains their members faced working during the pandemic.

The deal between the unions and most of Germany’s 16 states follows a series of strikes, particularly in the health care sector, and is valid for two years.

It applies to public hospitals, schools, police, fire services and bureaucrats in all states except Hesse, where a similar agreement was reached last month.

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