The employees in the health and care facilities in Saxony should be allowed to exceed the maximum daily working hours.

The service union Verdi has criticized the new exceptions in the Saxon Working Hours Act as incomprehensible.

Dresden – The service union Verdi has the new exemptions in saxon Working Hours Act criticized as incomprehensible.

The employees in the health and care facilities in Saxony should be allowed to exceed the maximum daily working hours. © Sebastian Kahnert / ZB / dpa

“The employees in the health and care facilities are working on the attack, personnel bottlenecks can no longer be compensated,” said Verdi regional director Oliver Greie on Saturday. Against this background, to allow an increase in working hours is a scandal.

The new general decree of the regional directorate applies from Saturday. Among other things, it contains exceptions to the maximum daily working hours in medical treatment and care as well as in the mobile vaccination teams. Crematoria can also set the daily working time to up to twelve hours on Sundays and public holidays.

Verdi criticizes this approach, especially against the background of the current collective bargaining round. “On the one hand, the negotiators reject all ver.di demands in the current collective bargaining round for employees at medical facilities, in hospitals, day-care centers and in the Free State’s offices,” said Greie.

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And further: “On the other hand, they are expecting more and more from the medical staff. It doesn’t fit together.”

It was only on Tuesday that the union called on all collective bargaining employees at the Leipzig University Hospital (UKL) to go on a warning strike. In the two previous rounds of negotiations, there had been no offer that was worth discussing, said union secretary Julia Greger on Tuesday.

The next round of negotiations is now scheduled for November 27th and 28th.

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