Germany - IG Metall launches 6% wage demand - August 30, 2010
On Friday August 27, the Northwestern steel branch of IG Metall opened the wage negotiation season by demanding a 6% wage hike for about 85,000 workers. The union branch stated it was time workers joined in the fruits of the upswing after years of wage moderation. The wage demand includes steel workers in North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as Lower Saxony and Bremen. It also asks for shortening working hours for older workers. One day earlier the DGB confederation made clear that German unions more generally will not settle for modest pay rises after accepting moderate wage deals in recent years due to the economic crisis. DGB chairman, Michael Sommer, was quoted saying, “We're not going to hold back in this upturn, now it's our turn.”
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