Why ver.di? (Englisch)
There are many reasons to join ver.di
Without trade unions, today’s world would be a very different place. Many of the working and living conditions that we take for granted are the fruit of hard work by the unions – and it is important for us to protect and expand them. To be able to do so, we need a solid foundation of membership – and that’s where you come in!
Changes in the world of work, globalization and demographic trends have caused massive political and economic challenges for society. We cannot solve these problems as individuals – what we need is a strong basis of solidarity to represent our interests. With some 2 million members, ver.di - the United Services Trade Union – represents a counterbalance that can effectively defend the interests of the individual against those of industry and policymakers.
We are constantly striving to improve working conditions and preserve jobs, carrying out collective bargaining, advising works councils and staff committees and pursuing political lobbying at national and international level. And we also involve ourselves in issues affecting society as a whole, for example pensions policy and issues related to health, social security and education.
STRONG WITH VER.DI – STRONG WITH YOU!
Join us – there are so many reasons to become a member of ver.di!
SOLIDARITY and JUSTICE
ONE TRADE UNION FOR ALL
Unity is strength! We consolidate the interests of our members – and by working together empower the individual! We create unity out of diversity. Unlike professional associations, we bring together people from quite different occupations within one industry. We set solidarity against group egoism and everyone pulls in the same direction.
A JUST BASIS FOR SUBSCRIPTIONS
Those who have more, pay more – those with less money pay less. Our members subscribe one percent of their basic gross income to support the union and enable it to operate effectively. And the jobless pay a reduced subscription. The subscription is also tax-deductible.
EXERTING AN INFLUENCE
ver.di is a tireless advocate of the right to work, acceptable workplace and training conditions, fair rates of pay, equal pay for equal work, an acceptable minimum wage, a good work/life balance and a health policy based on the principle of solidarity...
UPHOLDING INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE
ver.di supports basic workplace rights, co-determination, equality and recognition. It supports and advises youth representatives, works councillors and staff council members with the aim of ensuring effective representation of employees’ interests and providing every member with support in disputes with his or her employer or client.
REPRESENTING EMPLOYEES’ INTERESTS WORLD-WIDE
ver.di representatives work at international level to improve working conditions and ensure that employees are not played off against one another.
GETTING INVOLVED IN VER.DI
ver.di is a democratic organisation: everyone is invited to become actively involved in determining the union’s policies. That is the purpose of the members’ assemblies, collective bargaining committees and company-specific groups. ver.di members work in works and staff councils together with their organisation and trade union secretaries to find solutions, for example to in-company problems. Our representatives also bring their skills to bear in the supervisory bodies of sickness and pension insurances, statutory insurance and accident prevention institutions and collecting societies.