Germany -Agreement in steel industry after warning strikes -November 22, 2011

A number of warning strikes as part of the IG Metall union campaign for a new collective agreement for 75,000 employed in the steel industry in two bargaining regions, North Rhine-Westfalia and Lower Saxony and Bremen, resulted in a bargaining result that has been called satisfactorily by union officers. From 10 to 15 November, about 20,000 steel workers stopped production temporarily at ThyssenKrupp Nirosta, ArcelorMittal, Vallourec & Mannesmann, Europipe and the Foundry of Friedrich-Wilhelm. The outcome is a wage increase of 3.8%, also for apprentices, as of 1 December 2011, in a collective agreement valid from 1 November 2011 to 28 February 2013, thus 16 months. Agreed is also the guarantee of unlimited employment for apprentices after completion of their apprenticeships. The agreement on part-time arrangements for elderly workers will be continued (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 October 2011).

English : message of IG Metall for EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEF;



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