German Handelsblatt: Auto industry: Collective bargaining with Volkswagen: IG Metall demands eight percent higher wages004637

An employee checks a Volkswagen at the Zwickau plant

IG Metall wants to push through a wage increase of around eight percent for the 125,000 employees at Volkswagen.

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In the forthcoming collective bargaining negotiations, IG Metall wants to push through eight percent higher wages for the approximately 125,000 employees at Volkswagen in western Germany. The large wage commission of the industrial union, which is particularly strongly represented at the car manufacturer, justified the demand on Wednesday with the increased inflation and high profits at Volkswagen. The new collective agreement is to run for twelve months.
At VW, IG Metall traditionally negotiates an in-house wage agreement for the employees in the six west German plants, the group’s own financial service provider Financial Services and smaller subsidiaries. The wage demand corresponds to that which the trade union has set for the nationwide 3.9 million employees in the metal and electrical industry in view of the high profits of car companies such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Negotiations at VW are scheduled to begin in October, with a time lag for the entire industry. The peace obligation ends on November 30th. From then on, the union can call for warning strikes.
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