Metalworkers threaten warning strikes at VW

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21 October 2004, HANOVER - Metalworkers union IG Metall warned Thursday that it may resort to warning strikes against Volkswagen if no agreement is reached by the end of the month on a new wage accord at VW. IG Metall chief wage negotiator Hartmut Miene, during a break in the fourth round of wage talks on Thursday, said that if a deal is not reached in the fifth round on 28 October, the union might resort to warning strikes in early November. At the same time, he signalled a readiness for compromise with V

21 October 2004

HANOVER - Metalworkers union IG Metall warned Thursday that it may resort to warning strikes against Volkswagen if no agreement is reached by the end of the month on a new wage accord at VW.

IG Metall chief wage negotiator Hartmut Miene, during a break in the fourth round of wage talks on Thursday, said that if a deal is not reached in the fifth round on 28 October, the union might resort to warning strikes in early November.

At the same time, he signalled a readiness for compromise with VW in the tough questions concerning the carmakers' demands for wage and other concessions in order to drastically reduce costs.

VW wants to cuts its labour cost by some EUR 2 billion or 30 percent by the year 2011, while also seeking a two-year wage freeze from its factory workers.

IG Metall, negotiating for the some 103,000 factory workers in six plants in western Germany, is demanding job guarantees for the workers, as well as a 4 per cent pay increase.

The current wage accord with western German VW workers - those in eastern Germany are covered under a separate agreement - expired on 30 September.

Under German labour law, no labour action such as protest or warning strikes can be staged for a one-month period, meaning that any IG Metall strike action can only be taken starting in November.

DPA

Subject: German news

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