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The first warning strikes in the metal industry

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On Saturday night, IG Metall launched the first warning strikes in the German metal, metal and electrical industry. © Henning Kaiser/dpa

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On Saturday night, IG Metall launched the first warning strikes in the German metal, metal and electrical industry. Shortly after the end of the peace commitment, at midnight, workers at selected industrial companies stopped working, according to local trade unionists.

In North Rhine-Westphalia alone, six companies were to strike for several hours each on Saturday. Workers at metal processing company Apt Extrusions went on strike at 12:01 a.m., IG Metall Cologne-Leverkusen union secretary Cathy Koehler said. Between 60 and 70 colleagues followed the warning strike call, including 15 to 20 members of IG Metall Jugend, the union’s youth organization.

demonstrations across Germany

According to trade unionist Jens Mütze, almost 150 employees took part in the rally in Hagen, in the square of Thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg. About 100 to 110 employees gathered in front of gate 3 of the Miele factory in Bielefeld and stopped work. As IG Metall announced, delegations from other companies from Bielefeld and the old district of Halle also took part in the campaign.

According to IG Metall, more than 150 employees met in front of the gates of Clarios Varta Hannover GmbH in the Lower Saxony tariff zone. District manager and negotiator Torsten Groger said in his speech on the spot. “All of us would have been saved from all that if the employers had moved to the negotiating table in time. But their refusal to engage in proper collective bargaining with us caused this escalation. How much and how intensively this conflict should be maintained is in the hands of employers’ associations. We are ready to go to extremes, even for a longer period of time.”

In a warning strike in Bersenbruck, Lower Saxony, 230 employees of Lear Corporation GmbH stopped work for an hour and a half after midnight in support of IG Metall’s wage demands.

Further campaigns were planned in Munich and at Thyssenkrupp Rasselstein in Andernach, Rhineland. In Baden-Württemberg, work had to be temporarily stopped at the Kolbenschmidt car supplier in Neckarsulm.

Demand: Eight percent more money all the time

In regional negotiations, employers have so far offered lump sum payments of 3,000 euros, as well as an unspecified increase in salary scales for a period of 30 months. The lump sum payment should reach the employees immediately, without taxes and duties. On the other hand, the union is demanding an eight percent increase for about 3.9 million workers over a twelve-month period.

IG Metall boss Jörg Hoffmann has asked employers to offer a sustainable wage increase. “It is still not clear how the salaries of the workers should be increased in the long term,” the trade unionist told “Handelsblatt” on Friday. Hoffman noted that before the fourth round of negotiations, which will begin on November 8 in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, only a few hours of shorter warning strikes are planned.

Twelve-month demand of 8.0 percent is the highest since 2008 in the metals and electrical industries. Expected inflation cannot be fully offset by this, so the union leader Hoffman has repeatedly called for government aid to households, including households. demands to curb the prices of energy carriers and urges to hurry.

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