Breaking News – German Orchestras: National Protest and Strike Day – September 30, 2013
Some hundred German orchestras will held a national protest and strike day. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra starts at 10:00 am in front of the Berliner Philharmonie building and will be followed by many other major German orchestras in the big cities Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Dresden and Leipzig as well as many regional orchestras from all over Germany.
Musicians are protesting against the recent cuts in the unique German orchestral landscape. Orchestra count had fallen from 168 orchestras in 1992 to 131 in 2013. 37 professional orchestras had been closed down or were forced to merge. Some 2.500 jobs for professional musicians have got lost. Hopes of young music students from 24 German conservatoires are going to be destroyed. Today musicians have their say: Keep our professional orchestras alive in Germany! Stop further closures! In German: “Orchesterland D – Einzigartig. Erhaltenswert.”
Second message of this day: Many orchestra musicians are waiting for substantial pay rise of their salaries which are linked to public servants. Sine 2010 public service has got a pay rise at about 8 percent. Collective bargaining on this issue is going to start on October 1, 2013.