Germany: Hundreds of workers from IG Metall union strike in Berlin

Around 500 employees of Germany's biggest trade union IG Metall Berlin participated on Monday in a warning strike demanding better working conditions in Berlin. The protesters marched from Ottistrasse to Alt-Tegel metro station in the city's Reinickendorf district. «We make a good job and we need more money», said one of the workers. Workers demanded a pay rise of six percent, as well as... Еще the right to switch temporarily to a 28-hour week to take care of their children or elderly relatives. Employers have rejected the pay claim and have so far offered a two per cent pay increase. «I say to those who don't listen to the arguments we put on the negotiation table, that the arguments will get legs and we will tell the employer: we protest against your rejectionist stance», claimed IG Metall Distric leader Olivier Hobel during a speech to the demonstrators. Monday's strikes were nationwide. Strikes started already on January 2 in Lower Saxony. About 2,500 employees concentrated in Stuttgart. According to the union, further actions are planned in Baden-Wurttemberg as well as in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Hesse and Thuringia.

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