FRANKFURT, April 28 Deutsche Telekom's
has agreed a pay rise for the 17,000 staff at its
Bonn headquarters of 6.5 percent over the next two years.
Employees will get an extra 2.3 percent this year and two
hikes of 2.1 percent each in 2013, the company and German
services trade union Verdi said in separate statements on
Deutsche Telekom had earlier offered a 3.5 percent pay rise
plus a one-off payment. Verdi had demanded 6.5 percent more for
Verdi has been pushing hard for bigger pay rises following
years of restraint among German workers, which boosted the
competitiveness of Europe's largest economy relative to its euro
Verdi helped secure a 6.3 percent pay increase over two
years for 2 million public sector workers last month.
Like workers in other industries, employees at Deutsche
Telekom have staged strikes in the row over pay.
The company and unions are still negotiating over pay at
bigger divisions, including at T-Systems with 18,500 staff and
Telekom Deutschland with 50,000 staff.
(Reporting by Arno Schuetze; Editing by Louise Ireland)