Members of the largest trade Union in Germany are on strike in a dispute that centers on the workers, for taking the time to look after their families.
This week’s strikes could be first the of many. So, why are they important? And what you say about Germany in the year 2018?
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Rare all-day strikes by thousands of German metal and engineering workers which began on Wednesday and ends on Friday. About 260 companies are involved.
Their Union, IG Metall, wants to spread an 8% salary increase in a few years.
You want companies to let workers reduce their weekly working time from 35 to 28 to full payment, if you need to for children or elderly or sick relatives, before returning to work after two years.
This last point is the big bone of contention is companies are willing to negotiate on the numbers, but not on the short-time work option.
The IG Metall is one of the largest trade unions in Europe, with 3.9 million members. So, when its members decided to strike, it was a significant development.
Thousands of members of the metals and engineering union went into a-day “warning strike” between Tuesday and Friday. They were the union, the first such strikes in 34 years.
Produced at the enterprises that are subject to Porsche and Daimler, the Mercedes-Benz cars.
The dispute comes down to two main points.
First, the Union a wage increase of 8% for employees over the next 27 months will. The employers have offered to increase by 6.8%.
Secondly, it also wants to:
Company employees have the opportunity to cut their weekly working time from 35 to 28, to you to allow your children or elderly or sick relatives
the same option for those shift workers who do more dangerous work
a guarantee that these workers can return to work full-time after two years
a guarantee that these workers will still be paid the same, even if you reduce your hours
IG-metal-Chef JÃ¶rg Hofmann said: “We need to be subsidised to pay, so that the children, caring for family and health depends on how much you have in the wallet.”
But Oliver pike, the metal industry Association of total metal. “The basic principle that the one who earns less, works less, must continue to apply,” he said of the world. “We can’t shake.”
There is some important context here: the German economy grew by 2.2% in the past year, the fastest rate in six years. And the unemployment reached a new low point in January, only 5.4% of people are unemployed.
After a 10-year period, where wages have grown by an average of only 0.81%, while the economy has picked up, the trade unions in mind, it is your turn to requirements of the employer.
It is not clear how many people would take advantage of the possibility of short-time work, if the employer agreed.
A person who would welcome it, the change is m Souad Benchakra, who works at Geberit, which makes toilet basin and fittings.
“I switched from full-time to part-time work because of my children and now I don’t have the opportunity to return to full-time,” she told Reuters.
IG Metall JÃ¶rg Hofmann warns that permanent work is action possible, if the demands are not met.
A major strike for 10 days could cost, industries says a minimum of â‚¬2.5 bn (Â£2.2 bn, $3.1 bn), the Cologne-based think tank IW.
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