EU nationals ask the candidates: 3. Daycare strikes

Recent strikes at child daycare centres have crippled some Kindergartens and left parents using up their holiday to look after their children. 

Question: When do you believe the striking child daycare workers will receive a better wage?

Thorsten Schorr talking to parents during the child daycare workers strikeThorsten Schorr (CDU) answered:

Both the Mayor and myself have promised that we will support a higher wage band on a voluntary basis during the budget talks, and additionally all three departmental heads are planning to write to the employers’ association.  In this letter we have said that we will, if necessary, put our child care employees in a higher wage band on a voluntary basis.  But we cannot decide that ourselves, the ultimate decision on the budget is taken by the town council.  We can only suggest this and must then promote it so that we have a majority.  But I assume that we will get that majority.  It will then be realisable wenn the budget has been formally approved at the beginning of 2016.

Hans-Georg Brum talking to parents during the child daycare workers strikeHans-Georg Brum (SPD) answered:

I assume that the relevant resolutions will be formed this year during the budget debates.  The administration will begin putting the budget together in the next few weeks and the politicians will decide on it in the autumn.  But I also think that the strike must come to an end (editor’s note: the interview took place before the strike ended on 4th June).  In Oberursel we have already expressed our intention to move to TG8 (the pay grade).   I have made promise to support this, but obviously the town council must take the decision with the parliamentary groups.

The photos show the candidates talking to parents who demonstrated outside the town hall on Thursday, 28th May, 2015 during the strike.

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About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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