Germany -Negotiations and warn strikes in metal sector -January 29, 2015

Trade union IG Metall and employers in the metal sector have started negotiations for a new collective agreement. The first round of negotiations, which took place on 14 January in Bavaria, ended without results, as expected.

Trade union IG Metall and employers in the metal sector have started negotiations for a new collective agreement. The first round of negotiations, which took place on 14 January in Bavaria, ended without results, as expected. Further talks took place on 28 January, with trade unions already signalling their readiness to organise warning strikes. IG Metall has demanded a 5.5% pay hike. The metal and engineering sector employs 3.7 million workers and its wage developments set the pace for negotiations in other sectors. The union, which represents 3.7 million workers, rejected an offer from employers for a 2.2% pay increase for 2015 from 1 March and started warn strikes. Wage negotiations between employers and the union are due to continue on 6 February in North Rhine-Westphalia and on 11 February in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Usually the first region to strike a deal sets a precedent for the whole country.

English: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/29/germany-strike ...   


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