IG Metall announces warning strikes in the steel industry

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IG Metall announces warning strikes in the steel industry

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A participant in a warning strike waves a flag with the IG Metall logo. Photo: Nicolas Armer/dpa/Symbolbild

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After the unsuccessful adjournment of the third round of negotiations in the wage dispute in the north-west German iron and steel industry, IG Metall announced warning strikes. The collective bargaining commission met on Saturday and decided to increase the pressure on the steel companies before the fourth round of negotiations on Tuesday, according to a statement from the trade union in Bremen. On Monday there should be a joint steel action day in all companies of the north-west German iron and steel industry.

After the unsuccessful adjournment of the third round of negotiations in the wage dispute in the north-west German iron and steel industry, IG Metall announced warning strikes. The collective bargaining commission met on Saturday and decided to increase the pressure on the steel companies before the fourth round of negotiations on Tuesday, according to a statement from the trade union in Bremen. On Monday there should be a joint steel action day in all companies of the north-west German iron and steel industry.

In Bremen, all employees of the Bremen ArcelorMittal steelworks were called on Monday to go on a warning strike across shifts. It starts at 10:00 a.m. for the morning and day shifts, and the late shift is to finish work by 4:00 p.m. At 11:30 a.m. there will be a rally at Gate 1.

“We hoped that the employers would not let this round of collective bargaining escalate against the background of the dramatic price development that has been going on for a long time. The companies know the burden on their employees from the rising cost of living very well,” said Bernd Rosenbaum from IG Metall Bremen. “Our expectation is that they will also recognize this when it comes to tariff increases. However, the offer presented on Friday is not enough to secure the purchasing power of employees.” The workforce at Bremer Hütte will also show that on Monday with their warning strike and will increase the pressure on ArcelorMittal and the other steel companies again.

Employers and IG Metall continued their negotiations in Düsseldorf on Friday. Both sides reported late in the evening that no agreement had been reached. The employers’ offer to pay 4.7 percent more wages over a period of 21 months is too far removed from the union’s demand, as IG Metall announced. In the past few days, the union had underpinned its demands of 8.2 percent with warning strikes. According to IG Metall, around 16,000 employees in 50 companies have taken part in warning strikes since June 1st.

“This offer is clearly higher in terms of percentage
low and too long in terms of duration,” said IG Metall NRW district manager and negotiator Knut Giesler. After the negotiations, the Steel Employers’ Association called on IG Metall to “go with reality-based solutions”.

The tariff area of ​​the north-west German steel industry mainly includes North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen. According to IG Metall, 68,000 people are employed in the industry there.

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