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World car manufacturer: IG Metall warns of warning strikes at VW

07:50  24 february  2021
07:50  24 february  2021 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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IG Metall is incensed about an offer proposed by Volkswagen 's ( VW ) management on Tuesday which the union said would raise pay for 120,000 staff at western German plants by no more than 2.2 percent over 12 months, about a third of the 6 percent it is seeking. After three rounds of fruitless bargaining, more than 20,000 workers at VW 's main Wolfsburg factory on Thursday walked off their shifts for two hours, staging the first warning strikes at VW since 2004, IG Metall said, adding thousands more staff at five other German VW plants joined in the protests.

Germany's IG Metall warned Volkswagen on Monday that it could face protests from workers The offer last week sparked a wave of warning strikes involving thousands of workers at VW said it was facing massive upfront investments in electric cars and new digital features to help If no agreement is reached by May 31 when current wage contracts at VW expire, IG Metall could call

After the third round of negotiations on a new company tariff, the union expects a warning strike. VW, however, insists on “cost discipline” in view of the crisis.

Angesichts der Coronakrise und hoher Investitionen mahnt der Autobauer die Gewerkschaft zu „Kostendisziplin“. © dpa In view of the corona crisis and high investments, the car manufacturer urges the union to "cost discipline".

After the third round of negotiations on the new company tariff for the more than 120,000 West German Volkswagen employees , IG Metall considers warning strikes at Europe's largest car manufacturer to be increasingly likely. "Since VW is unable or unwilling to come even a millimeter towards us, the colleagues are now quite angry," said the district leader of the union in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, Thorsten Gröger, on Tuesday evening of the German Press Agency.

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The strike pledge by the IG Metall , the metal workers union, followed hour-long strikes at VW plants in Brunswick, Hanover and Kassel early yesterday morning, as workers stepped up demands for a 2 per cent wage increase and job guarantees after talks with company negotiators brought no results on Thursday. VW , which is the third German car giant to face a tough battle with the unions over production costs this year, reported a 44 per cent drop in profits on Thursday. Like its competitors, VW 's profitability has been eroded by intense competition from abroad, a strong euro and the second

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Previously, the discussions with management had ended without a specific tariff offer. This means that "the probability that we will have warning strikes in March has increased," said Gröger. The workers will now be mobilized accordingly, he announced. So far, no date has been agreed for a fourth round. IG Metall is demanding four percent more money, more options for converting it into days off and further training guarantees.

VW negotiator Arne Meiswinkel confirmed that the special effects of the corona crisis must still be taken into account. If you take this into account, this creates “the basis for an offer”. He emphasized: "Volkswagen is interested in a viable, fair and future-proof deal." However, this requires cost discipline in view of the high level of investment. "In the next few years, it will be important for us to achieve a top position in the software and digitization sector," explained Meiswinkel. This then also secures locations and jobs.

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Germany's IG Metall labor union called on staff at Volkswagen 's Porsche sports car brand to walk off their shifts for about an hour on Thursday as part of its campaign for higher pay across the engineering industry. Porsche, the second-biggest contributor to Volkswagen ( VW ) group profit, assembles the 911 and Boxster models at its core factory in Zuffenhausen where the so-called warning strikes have been called. “The current stance of the employers’ lobby is a provocation to workers,” Porsche works council chief Uwe Hueck said in an emailed statement.

Key union IG Metall warned that more so called warning strikes would continue alongside the negotiations. VW , which on Thursday reported a 44% drop in profits, wants a pay freeze. Possible job losses. The carmaker's chief representative at the talks with the unions, Josef-Fidelis Senn, said the company was "negotiating hard" for a two-year wage freeze for On Thursday, VW said pre-tax profits for the first nine months of 2004 fell 44% to 765m euros (1m; £532m). Sales for the nine months increased 5% to 67bn euros, while the number of cars delivered over the period rose 1% to 3.7 million.

From the union's point of view, these positions are well known. Works council chief Bernd Osterloh had accused the company of delaying tactics even before the meeting. "The colleagues can no longer hear the same talk about the supposedly difficult economic situation," said a letter to the members. Now he added: "If the company side doesn't end this game of hide and seek soon, we will have to take care of it."

IG Metall feels strengthened because the area tariff for the metal and electrical industry is currently being negotiated in Lower Saxony, the home of VW. Here the employers have now presented the key points of an offer. According to this, employees could receive a one-off payment not yet quantified in 2022 and a wage increase from the second half of 2022. But Gröger considers a zero round in 2021 to be unacceptable. The peace obligation ends on March 1st. IG Metall is planning a nationwide day of action on Monday to increase the pressure on employers.

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FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's IG Metall labor union called on staff at Volkswagen 's Porsche sports car brand to walk off their shifts for about an hour on Thursday as part of its campaign for higher pay across the engineering industry. Employers have dismissed the pay claim as excessive and have so far offered only a 2 percent raise as well as a 200 euro (0.50) one-off payment in the first quarter. Porsche, the second-biggest contributor to Volkswagen ( VW ) group profit, assembles the 911 and Boxster models at its core factory in Zuffenhausen where the so-called warning strikes have

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On the subject of training, Volkswagen stated that the results of a working group had been discussed here. Gröger also said that the situation and future of the apprentices were “dealt with intensively”.

Actually there should have been a deal as early as spring 2020, but the collective bargaining partners excluded important questions in the "emergency contract" at the time. For the past year, VW reported an operating profit of around ten billion euros despite all the coronavirus consequences.

VW traditionally negotiates an in-house tariff for employees in the six West German plants in Wolfsburg, Braunschweig, Salzgitter, Hanover, Emden and Kassel, as well as for the financial subsidiary Financial Services, which in recent years has come closer and closer to the industry level.

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