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German postal workers win 5.7 per cent raise over 2 years in deal following string of walkouts

BERLIN – German postal workers have won a 5.7 pay raise over two years in a deal that follows a string of short walkouts. It’s one of several current disputes in which unions sought hefty increases.

The ver.di union and mail company Deutsche Post AG reached the deal for some 132,000 workers Friday.

They will get a 3.1 per cent increase on Aug. 1, followed by another 2.6 per cent in October 2014. The deal runs through May 2015.

Ver.di went into talks seeking a 6 per cent hike and staged repeated “warning strikes” in recent days to underpin its demand. In separate negotiations, the IG Metall union is currently pushing for a 5.5 per cent raise over a one-year period for workers in Germany’s key manufacturing sector.

The demands reflect the German economy’s relative health.