US Day of walkout in German metallurgy to demand wage increases

17:45  02 march  2021
17:45  02 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le puissant syndicat allemand de l'industrie IG Metall a lancé des arrêts de travail ce 2 mars 2021, principalement dans l'automobile, alors que les négociations sur les salaires sont bloquées avec le patronat. © dpa / AFP The powerful German industrial union IG Metall launched work stoppages on March 2, 2021, mainly in the automotive sector, while wage negotiations are blocked with employers.

Mercedes, Bosch, Airbus or Continental: so many companies in the German metallurgy where warning strikes are taking place on March 2. After the failure of negotiations between unions and employers on a wage agreement, the walkouts must be used to increase the pressure.

From our correspondent in Berlin, Pascal Thibaut

Usually, striking steelworkers gathered around a brazier in front of their company entrance or demonstrated arm in arm. Pandemic forces, it was necessary to innovate for the warning strikes launched last night. Car parades were organized or motorists gathered in an open-air cinema.

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The IG Metall union wants a 4% increase in wages for the 3.8 million workers in the German metal industry. The organization also wants to obtain compensation for wages in the event of reduced working hours. IG Metall accuses employers of blocking negotiations after four unsuccessful rounds. The employers reject the union's demands and highlight a difficult situation: the last wage agreement - + 4.3% - cost them dearly; the industry was in recession in 2019 and the pandemic has not helped matters.

And companies must prepare for a major transformation, towards electricity for cars and more generally by becoming greener, which requires a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. This first day of walkout will undoubtedly not be the last.

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