This is a message we just received from Ver.di's Sylvia Bühler, a member of the union's board and head of health and social services.
There's movement in the collective bargaining dispute at Ameos in Sachsen-Anhalt. After an exploratory meeting, the hospital company agreed to finally start negotiations on a collective bargaining agreement. The absolute blockade of the employer has been broken up – a huge success, first of all thanks to the striking colleagues and the enormous wave of solidarity.
For the sake of the negotiations, the strike in the hospitals in the cities of Bernburg, Aschersleben-Staßfurt, Schönebeck and Haldensleben is being suspended for four weeks. We now expect Ameos to come to the table with a negotiable offer. The discrimination of the employees at Ameos as compared to other hospital employees in the region has to end quickly. It is also clear, that the at least 14 dismissed have to be reinstated. There has to be a good solution for all those affected. We remain ready for action.
The workers in Sachsen-Anhalt have shown they can move even a company like Ameos. They stood together and did not let up in an exemplary manner.
The impressive solidarity was also decisive for this success. Workers from all over Germany and many other countries have bolstered up the strikers with their solidarity messages. Various ver.di activists travelled hundreds of kilometres in order to show their support on the ground.
Ameos was flooded with protest messages – 7,970 alone from all over the world through the online platform "LabourStart".
The broader public and the persons politically in charge positioned themselves in favour of the worker's demands. All of this helped to move the company to agree to the negotiations.
This is how unions work: workers uniting, and standing in for their collective interest determined and in solidarity. Supported by a strong community.
My deep gratitude to everybody who helped.