German union calls on banks to pay workers 1500 euro energy bonus

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BERLIN, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The German union Verdi on Wednesday called on Germany’s top banks to pay some of its lowest-earning workers a special bonus to help them combat higher energy prices.

The union is asking for a 1500-euro payment for this year and another for the next, affecting some 40,000 employees, the union said.

“There are also low-wage employees in the banking industry. For them, things are now getting very tight financially,” Verdi official Jan Duscheck said in a tweet.

Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank , whose employees are affected by the demand, declined to comment.

Handelsblatt first reported on the effort.

(Reporting by Tom Sims and Marta Orosz, editing by Rachel More)

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