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German Workers Readying for ‘Warning’ Strikes

IG Metall looking for 6% raise, special work schedules.

by on Jan.08, 2018

German workers are reading for a series of warning strikes this week.

More than 700,000 workers are taking part in “warning” strikes at employers all across Germany this week as the German Metalworkers union, IG Metall, pushes its demand for a hefty pay increase and a change in working hours.

Warning strikes are generally short in duration – one day is the normal length – and are used as part of the bargaining process. The walkouts, which began with a brief strike against Porsche in Stuttgart, are expected to hit every major German automaker: Daimler AG, Volkswagen AG and BMW as well key suppliers.

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IG Metall is seeking not only a 6% pay increase but also demanding the right for workers to temporarily switch to a 28-hour week to care for children or elderly relatives. Employers have argued such a drastic change in working hours would be illegal and have threatened to go to court to stop the industrial action. (more…)