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SIDEBAR IG Metall calls for warning strike at Porsche in Stuttgart

Europe
03.01.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - Germany‘s biggest union, IG Metall, has called on its members at luxury sports carmaker Porsche to down tools on Thursday as the union steps up its national campaign for a hefty 6-per-cent wage hike combined with a cut in working hours.

The engineering union, which represents workers in some of the nation‘s major companies - such as Daimler, Siemens and Thyssen-Krupp - said Wednesday it expects about 1,000 workers from Porsche‘s Stuttgart headquarters to attend a rally Thursday in the south-western city.

In addition to the pay rise, IG Metall‘s plan also includes an optional cut in weekly working hours to 28 from 35.

The union‘s wage demand comes as the Germany economy turned in a robust performance amid falling unemployment and a surge in job vacancies in the nation.

IG Metall‘s call for Porsche workers to strike points to a volatile year for labour relations in Germany as workers demand a greater share of the nation‘s current economic prosperity.

Talks between metal industry employers and IG Metall officials appear to have, so far, made little progress after missing a December 31 deadline to reach a deal.

Uwe Hueck, who heads up Porsche‘s in-house union, has already warned that the union planned to step up the pressure on employers.

IG Metall has signalled that it plans to call temporary work stoppages in all regions as part of its 2018 campaign for improved wage and conditions.

 

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