IG Metall Says Second Wage Round for Steel Workers Failed, Mulling Strike
IG Metall, Germany’s largest labor union, said a second round of talks on wage increases in the iron and steel industries in three German states ended without a result.
The union will review the negotiations at a meeting on Sept. 20, when it will also decide whether to start short “warning” strikes, it said in an e-mailed statement today.
“It seems that good arguments and clear facts aren’t enough for employers,” Oliver Burkhard, IG Metall’s regional leader in North Rhine-Westphalia, said in the statement. “There were no real signs of goodwill today.”
IG Metall is pressing for a 6 percent wage increase for 85,000 workers in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen, saying it wants fair wage increases for workers as the economy recovers.
A third round of talks is set for Sept. 29, the union said.
-- Editor: Alan Crawford