Why ver.di? (Englisch)
There are many reasons to join ver.di
The name ver.di stands for Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft – United Services Trade Union. Our members are employees, freelancers, civil servants and students drawn from over 1,000 different occupations. People from all walks of life come together in ver.di, all of them working in services or related industries – in the fields of education, art and culture and the media. Our goal is to achieve solidarity and justice in working life. We want people’s efforts to be properly recognised and valued.
Diversity is our strength: occupational or specialist groups and projects in 13 different sectors enable our members get to grips with issues of direct concern to their industry. Whatever occupation is involved, ver.di has specialists to support members in that particular industry.
Membership of over 2 million means ver.di has the strength to secure working conditions for many millions of people and fight for social justice. We work to achieve humane working conditions and preserve jobs, carrying out collective bargaining, advising works and staff councils and pursuing political lobbying at national and international level. We put pressure on politicians to create a framework that enables broad sections of society to live in peace, security and prosperity.
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.