Full name United Services Union
Native name Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft
Founded 2001
Members 2,180,000
Affiliation DGB
Key people Frank Bsirske, president
Office location Berlin, Germany
Country Germany

ver.di is a large German trade union with 2.2 million members. "ver.di" is an abbreviation for Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, which means "United Services Union." The headquarters of the trade union are in Berlin.

In the National Conference (Bundeskongress) the different levels and the different sectors are represented. The National Executive Board is responsible for the management. The Chairman is Frank Bsirske.

In 2001 ver.di was formed when the German Salaried Employees' Union (DAG) merged with four unions of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) (DPG, HBV, ÖTV, IG Medien).


The Verdi federal on Paula-Thiede-Ufer in Berlin

Verdi was born in March 2001 through the merger of five individual unions, which previously belonged to all except the DAG the German Trade Union Federation (DGB):

As the oldest predecessor of the established in 1866 applies Association of German Printers.

There had been talks on closer cooperation in the 1990s. At these negotiations, the former Union of German Railway Workers were in addition to the later Verdi's founding partners (GdED), the Education Union (GEW) and the Food, Beverages and Catering Union ( NGG) involved.

On 4 October 1997 the Chairman of DAG, DPG, GEW, HBV, IG Medien and OTV signed a "Hamburg Declaration", in which it is a reorganization of the trade union representation in the services sector were in favor.A steering committee was formed, of the governing bodies of the unions involved developed the key points of the merger and the structure of future major union in close coordination.

After the GEW was temporarily resigned from the fusion process, the tips of DAG, DPG, HBV, IG Medien and OTV agreed in June 1999 in Magdeburg the merger.In the autumn of the same year a joint office in was Berlin opened, and in November 1999 the delegates agreed the five unions to extraordinary union days of establishing a transitional society (GO ver.di) to.

Strike called by Vie.di at Koln, Germany

From representatives of the unions involved, the merger was seen as a historic step. The "rivalry among unions" in the service sector should be completed. Other observers criticized the merger: In particular, the IG Metall was concerned, Verdi could "blow up" because of its size the DGB. It was feared also that new union could penetrate primary responsibilities of the industrial unions. the Vereinigung cockpit adopted the proposed merger as an opportunity to quit their existing cooperation with the DAG.

In spring 2000, the merger project became temporarily stalled after DAG and HBV had represented different positions for Saturday work at banks. In particular, the negotiations for the new Verdi Statute ensured conflict, the United Trade Union was temporarily even before a failure warning. Parts of OTV-based saw their interests are not sufficiently taken into account, observers were of the opinion, the public workers' union threatened because Verdi cleavage.In this context, IG Medien proposed a merger if necessary even without the OTV before.

In November 2000, however, the delegates of DAG, DPG, HBV and IG Medien voted majorities 78-99 percent for the creation of Verdi. [18] With only 65 percent of them fell in the OTV from the lowest. [19] Herbert May thus waived for reelection for the presidency. His successor was Bsirske chosen which also was considered a merger proponents and announced to run for the presidency of Verdi.

Last step establishing of Verdi were the merger of five unions congresses from 16 to 18 March 2001 the decision by majorities 80-91 percent of their dissolution. In the subsequent Verdi Founding Congress from 19 to 21 March 2001 the foundation has been formally completed and selected the first national board.

In the same month reached Verdi his first collective agreement with the Deutsche Lufthansa .A short time later was recorded Verdi in the DGB.


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