After the failure of the second round of negotiations for the more than one million public sector employees in the Länder, the Verdi union has announced strikes. “We do not waste our time for days to hear a non-stoic on the management side to all the demands of the employees,” said Verdi boss Frank Werneke. No offer had been made. “Anyone who causes strikes shouldn’t be surprised if they get them,” Werneke said. “The collective bargaining community of the German Länder bears sole responsibility for the consequences of future strikes.” DBB Beamtenbunds President Ulrich Silberbach said: “If the finance ministers of the Länder continue like this, they will push the negotiations completely against the wall. The unions are demanding a five per cent increase in income for civil servants in the Länder, but at least 150 euros over a 12-month period. Caregivers will receive an additional 300 euros per month in the form of a table. Training compensation is increased by 100 euros.