Germany - Strikes in retail announced - May 31, 2017

Negotiations for a collective agreement in the retail sector in several states are so far not very successful. Trade union Ver.di announced during a manifestation in Essen that the negative attitude of the employers towards the requested pay increase of 1 euro per hour, combined with an improvement of the training allowance (with a monthly 100 euro), easily can lead to strikes. A bargaining deal for the retail sector in Nord Rhine Westphalia is the reference for the wage of around 700,000 workers, although many workers (60%) are employed by companies that fall outside the scope of the agreement. The trade union, therefore, strives towards a generally binding deal. In Bavaria, with a workforce in retail of some 500,000 workers, the bargaining is also deadlocked. In Hamburg, the union started warn strikes after unsuccessful negotiations.

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