Germany: Second day of strikes for industrial workers in escalating pay dispute

Workers in Berlin joined tens of thousands of workers nationwide in staging a mass walkout at metals and engineering firms to demand better pay and conditions, for the second consecutive day of strikes on Tuesday. The IG-Metall union, 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... Еще 28 hours. Employers from around 80 companies, 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. One Siemens worker, Werner Kiefer, gave his reasons for going on strike. «The guys in the workshops do the job, they earn the money and they should get a right part of this profit,» he said. Union leaders are hoping the 48-hour walkout will put pressure on employers ahead of a fresh round of regional negotiations in Baden-Wuerttemberg state on Thursday.

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