German industrial workers plan nationwide strike

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Workers of automobile manufacturer Ford gather during a labor warning strike in Cologne, Germany, 23 January 2018. The IG Metall demands six percent more money for its workers, a demand for short full-time employment and subsidies for certain employees. Around seven thousand employees in 42 companies had already left work on 22 January 2018. EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL

German union IG Metall will stage an all-day walkout for industrial workers across the country next week.


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German industrial workers from the metals and engineering industries plan to go on strike next week after labour talks collapsed.

Trade union IG Metall called for a six percent pay raise for the millions of workers across Germany over a 27 month period and also called for weekly hours to be reduced from 35 to 28 hours per week to allow employees to tend to family matters and return to their regular schedule after two years.

“We have to step up the pressure on employers in the coming days so that they show some willingness to compromise,” IG Metall chief Joerg Hofmann told journalists in a news conference on Saturday.

Almost a million workers have already participated in walkouts across Germany, the world’s fourth-largest economy.

Three hours of protests at BMW’s Munich factory last week resulted in 250 cars not being manufactured, according to the company.

Germany accounts for 28 percent of the EU’s economy and is by far its largest industrial producer. Employers warn that 24-hour nationwide strikes could result in even more delayed production.

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