Dozens of Berliners who depend on assistance in everyday life demonstrated at noon in front of the House of Representatives. The Main Committee, which is ultimately responsible for the state budget, was just meeting in Parliament. The protesters, who are dependent on everyday help because of disabilities, are demanding that the Senate implement the red-green-red coalition agreement. It was announced that the refinancing of a collective agreement would be secured.

In concrete terms, it is about the needy presenting themselves to their caregivers and helpers as employers, and consequently wanting to pay them the wages that are usual in social assistance. However, the funds required for this are usually covered by the social welfare offices – if that is enough. According to the Verdi union, around 200 euros per month are missing per person.

The Verdi tariff stipulates that the assistants are employed by the person to be cared for in a “mini-employer model” and are paid the same as would be the case in large care and social facilities. For a full-time position, the employees then received around 2875 euros instead of less than 2670 euros, said those affected. Some of them announced that they wanted to lie on the floor in front of the House of Representatives until they received assurances from Finance Senator Daniel Wesener (Greens) that the collective agreement would be refinanced.

Verdi also announced protests for Thursday: On May 12th – the International Day of Nurses – the union wants to mobilize the employees at the Frankfurt/Oder Clinic for an “active lunch break”. This is intended to remind Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) to implement the nursing staff regulation 2.0 announced in the traffic light coalition agreement. Roughly simplified, higher personnel quotas should become the norm. As reported, the collective agreement negotiated at the Charité in 2021 is now considered a “model” among nursing staff who are active in company policy: At Berlin’s state-owned university clinic, it has been the case since this year that an intensive care worker should take care of an average of 1.8 patients per shift instead of the previous 2.5 patients . In the Vivantes clinics, which are also state-owned, the implementation is still being disputed.


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