Metalworkers launch warning strikes

29th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

29 January 2004 , FRANKFURT - German metalworkers began staging warning walkouts at plants in various states around the country early Thursdy to press their demands for a 4 percent pay increase. The walkouts follow the expiration of a four-week truce period after the talks got underway in early January. Metalworkers union IG Metall called thousands of workers off their jobs - for only a one-hour walkout - at plants in about half a dozen states around the country. Among the most prominent companies to be st

29 January 2004

FRANKFURT - German metalworkers began staging warning walkouts at plants in various states around the country early Thursdy to press their demands for a 4 percent pay increase.

The walkouts follow the expiration of a four-week truce period after the talks got underway in early January.

Metalworkers union IG Metall called thousands of workers off their jobs - for only a one-hour walkout - at plants in about half a dozen states around the country.

Among the most prominent companies to be struck were carmaker DaimlerChrysler in Stuttgart and semiconductor firm Infineon in Munich.

IG Metall is demanding a one-year wage agreement calling for a 4 percent pay hike for some 3.5 million workers in Germany's key metals engineering and electronics sectors.

Employers have come up with a counter-offer, to run 27 months and providing for a series of 1.2 percent pay increases in stages. But the employers also want to raise the working week back up to 40 hours without extra pay, a demand rejected by the union.

 

DPA
Subject: German news 

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