(Recasts with Friday strike threat)
BERLIN, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Trade union Verdi said more
walkouts at postal group Deutsche Post were likely
after about 1,500 employees staged strikes in several German
federal states in a pay dispute on Thursday.
Germany's second-biggest union called on postal delivery
staff in Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate,
Schleswig-Holstein and Saarland to stage so-called "warning
strikes" on Thursday.
Staff rallies took place in cities across those states on
"Targeted action can be expected on Friday too," Verdi said
in a statement.
The union is demanding a 6 percent wage increase or more
time off for around 130,000 workers at Deutsche Post. The next
round of talks is scheduled for Feb. 26 and 27.
"Deutsche Post is swimming in money but they expect
employees to go empty-handed. Staff and Verdi will not accept
that," Anton Hirtreiter of Verdi in Bavaria said in a statement.
Strong economic growth and low unemployment in Germany is
bolstering unions in their wage demands, with industrial union
IG Metall having agreed a 4.3 percent raise and the right to
shorter working hours.
Deutsche Post DHL Group is targeting earnings before
interest and tax of around 3.75 billion euros ($4.6 billion) for
2017, which would be a 7 percent increase from last year's 3.49
Verdi held a series of strikes at Deutsche Post in 2015 in a
dispute over pay and plans for a new parcel division. Those
walkouts, one of which lasted four weeks, cost the firm 100
million euros at the time.
($1 = 0.8148 euros)
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan and Matthias Inverardi, Editing by
First Published: 2018-02-22 08:00:01
Updated 2018-02-22 12:12:19
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