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About Marianne013

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  1. Verdi - terrorist union

    But seriously: Unions can only pay out what their members put it. Possibly with interest. So a wealthy Union can pay more, but this has nothing to do with Union achievements. Maybe UK Unions are cheaper to be more inclusive, who knows ? (Not that I know anything about UK Unions besides my own. Others might pay more.) And the further you are down the pay scale, the more you suffer. So yes, the pilots will be OK. Flight attendants maybe not so much. But it's definitely my money. 
  2. Verdi - terrorist union

    I didn't know the IG Metall supported teachers ?!
  3. Getting British passport for my German/UK child who is 14

    Indeed. Your only way is to petition the home office (we had to do that for our daughter, similar situation: German mother, British father, not married, child not born in the UK). However we were told that this was usually just a formality and it was unlikely that there would be any problems. Unfortunately I can't remember which of the many forms we had to fill out (probably one of these:  - so possibly the UKF form). Back when we did it, we were in Britain and our local council actually had a help desk for this. But this was shortly after the law changed in 2006, so I guess the problem was a bit more common then. We never married, so that might not be an issue at all.
  4. Verdi - terrorist union

    Unions typically pay emergency support, which comes nowhere close to your actual wages. I'm in Britain, my Union pays £50/day from day 4 onwards, strikes below three days aren't compensated at all. The strike in question ran over ~3 weeks, you do the math. German unions can afford to be a bit more generous, but none of them pay anything close to full wages. I don't know where that myth comes from. And the money they pay you is (mostly) your own money, that you have paid in over the years. I've certainly paid in more to my Union than I got out, strike or no strike.
  5. Verdi - terrorist union

    I'm aware of this strike technique. But as noted that wouldn't work for most forms of transport, especially in Europe. So far no-one complaining here has come up with a better example of what transport unions should do, beyond "don't strike".  There are very little other handles. Even if you go and show that an employer treats their employees unfairly, people will go for the cheapest price, no matter what the reputation of the company (Amazon anyone?).
  6. Verdi - terrorist union

    That is often impossible. It usually goes along the lines of strike affects customers/public etc and *they* are in a position to exert pressure on the employer (if only by taking their money elsewhere). Employers tend to listen more to people they get money from, rather than people they pay money to.
  7. Verdi - terrorist union

    Well, a strike that doesn't affect anyone is useless. Most people don't strike lightly as they then don't get paid. I lost around ~1200 Euros last year due to being on strike and while I am not poor, this is not the kind of sum I can ignore. But I decided it was worth the long term gain (whether I am right or not I won't know until 20 years later, as the strike was about pensions).  
  8. Registration & healthcare HELP!

    Well, you might not have taken into account that the German health insurers have wised up a bit. For those of you who can read German, here are some experiences of German citizens trying to (re)join the German public health insurances.
  9. Health insurance if wage earner dies

    I'm sure one of the insurance brokers may weigh in, but this depends on the age of the widow, whether there are children and how old they are, how long you have paid in etc. So your health insurance can probably tell you what would happen if you dropped dead tomorrow, but even that  would change over time. It won't be free though.
  10. child dental and foot hygiene

    My daughter had plantar warts and consistent (daily) application of salicylic acid was the only thing that helped. Freezing did nothing. Also the public health insurers do not pay for twice a yearly dental cleaning, they pay for twice yearly *checkups* in children. This might or might not include some cleaning, but usually not. You are more likely to get a lecture to ensure your child brushes better. They will pay for the sealing of molars if they are especially craggy, and fillings, but that's pretty much it, unless you need braces.
  11. Registration & healthcare HELP!

    Because every one does. I'm reading a board for Germans returning from the UK to Germany ahead of Brexit and it's full of stories how the German public health insurers require proof of previous EU insurance, but don't actually have a standard procedure in place on how to deal with it, so all kinds of hilarity ensue.
  12. what happens at a pap smear test

    I've had very good male gynos. At least they don't extrapolate from their own experiences wrt menstruation, pregnancy etc, As I now live in the UK, where you need a referral for a gyno and then don't get to pick which one you see, I have to say I was not impressed, except for the ones that worked in the sexual health clinic; they seemed to be the most helpful people on the planet. No idea why. These days I pay for it privately, some things are just worth it.
  13. Credit card fraud - money returned, where to report?

    The main problem is, the credit card company refunded you your money. They are therefore the 'damaged' party and if anyone could file a complaint it's them, not you. The system is build to absorb small fry fraud, so I don't think anyone would be interested into this.
  14. why are school trips so expensive in germany?

    And it's very hard to organise a trip if you don't have the numbers. Costs are usually based on the number of people attending and if people randomly pull out it makes it impossible to organize it for *anyone*. If you think your child is taking too many trips, bring it up at the Elternabend.
  15. Class trips - right to refuse?

    That sounds fairly antagonistic. The school will probably ask for a reason because they want to know if they can help and not to judge. So why not give them the reason ? If they are skill pushy after that, then yes, by all means, tell them no means no, but starting out with the attitude is not going to be helpful. To the OP, did you actually talk to the school before asking legal advice ?