Germany: IG Metall threatens further strike action over pay dispute

Industrial workers from the Pierburg metal works in Berlin joined a sector-wide strike on Thursday, as part of a pay dispute between employers and the IG Metall union. IG Metall, which represents around 2.5 million workers in Germany, want a six percent pay increase for its members and are also seeking to reduce the minimum working week to 28 hours. Employers from around 80 companies... Еще, including big names like Siemens and BMW, have offered a two percent wage rise, with a one-off bonus payment of €200 ($238) in the first quarter. Commenting on the demand for a six percent increase in annual pay, one speaker said, «You are the colleagues who make the profit margins and net returns possible. Therefore, six percent is more than fair.» His statement was met with protesters cheering and blowing horns. Union leaders are hoping the threat of strike action will put pressure on employers ahead of regional negotiations in Baden-Wuerttemberg today.

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