Tens of thousands of workers, including teachers, strike in Berlin to demand pay raise

Teachers and other employees have been on strike this week in Berlin to demand a pay raise. We found out more from Ryan Plocher, a teacher and youth speaker for GEW Berlin

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Tens of thousands of employees took part in a two-day warning strike this week in Berlin. On Wednesday, demonstrators – including thousands of teachers – marched from Potsdamer Platz to Alexanderplatz, demanding in part an increase in pay.

We spoke to Ryan Plocher, a teacher in Neukölln and the Federal Youth Speaker for the teachers’ union, Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW), to find out what the German Education Union in Berlin is after.

“There are no cost of living adjustments included in our collective bargaining agreement, which means that every two years we have to go on strike again,” explains Plocher.


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