More than 270,000 workers have participated in temporary walkouts in the German electronics and metal industries from the start of protests on April 30 until mid-afternoon today, Frankfurt-based IG Metall said in a statement today. That compares with 160,000 who took part as of yesterday.
The protests started in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, where companies such as Daimler AG (DAI), Porsche SE and Robert Bosch GmbH are based and where the union is focusing on talks with the metal-industry employers association as the benchmark region for contracts nationwide. Walkouts and rallies took place today in most states, IG Metall said.
IG Metall is demanding a wage increase of 6.5 percent, more say over temporary employment and guarantees of permanent contracts for young people who complete apprenticeships. Suedwestmetall, the Baden-Wuerttemberg employers’ group, is offering a 3 percent raise. Talks are scheduled to resume on May 8 and may continue on May 15, according to the union.
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