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Classics IG Metall threatens Wind system builders Vestas with warning strike

10:30  12 august  2022
10:30  12 august  2022 Source:   finanzen.net

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in the conflict for a collective agreement, the IG Metall threatens the German daughter of the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas with a warning strike. "You have informed us that you are not planning to enter into collective bargaining with us at all," said the negotiator of the union, the Rendsburg IG Metall Managing Director Martin Bitter, the German press agency. "This categorical and less diplomatic no to collective bargaining has not yet come to me."

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the union is now examining the opportunity to increase the pressure on the company with an outstanding, Bitter said. He did not name the time and extent of such an industrial action.

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Germany's largest union had entered discussions with Vestas Deutschland GmbH (Hamburg) in mid -May. Finally, they spoke to each other in early July, this meeting was very short, reported Bitter. He confirmed his impression that the company preferred to talk to the works council than IG Metall about working conditions and the amount of the fees. Such a refusal to the union is "unacceptable for a company of this size," he said. According to IG Metall, the conflict concerns a total of around 1,700 employees, including 700 fitters who are busy with service and maintenance of wind turbines.


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Bitter had expressed the "clear expectations of the employees" at collective working conditions in May. "The wind industry will take a key role in converting our electricity and energy supply in the coming years," said the trade unionist. "In our view, it is all the more important that we take serious steps in order to also increase tariff binding in the industry."

The IG Metall has long complained that many suppliers of the wind industry, for example mechanical engineers, are traditionally subject to the area collective agreement of the metal and electrical industry. So far, however, the wind industry has refused to bind the collective bargaining in manufacturers and in the service area.

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