German mail workers win 5.7 percent raise
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 percent increase on Aug. 1, followed by another 2.6 percent in October 2014. The deal runs through May 2015.
Ver.di went into talks seeking a 6 percent 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 percent raise over a one-year period for workers in Germany's key manufacturing sector.
The demands reflect the German economy's relative health.
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