COLOGNE, April 30 Deutsche Telekom
has agreed to raise the pay for about 20,000 employees at its IT
unit T-Systems by a total of 3.5 percent in two steps, Telekom
and labour union Verdi said on Wednesday.
The deal runs for two years and falls short of union demands
for a 5.5 percent increase over 12 months.
Telekom also agreed to give workers protection from job cuts
for two years, but only from the end of 2015, when a planned
headcount reduction of 4,900 German workers has been completed.
Earlier this month, Telekom reached a two-year wage deal for
about 72,000 of German workers at the group, avoiding drawn-out
negotiations which could have hampered the roll-out of its
high-speed fibre optic broadband network.
(Reporting by Nikola Rotscheroth; Writing by Maria Sheahan;
Editing by Mark Heinrich)