Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The union IG Metall sees "enormously high expectations of the workforce" before the next wage round in the metal and electrical industry in the southwest. The reason for this is, among other things, the recent price increases, said the Baden-Württemberg IG Metall boss Roman Zitzelsberger on Monday in Stuttgart.
According to the previous timetable, the tariff commissions want to decide nationwide on a quantified demand at the end of June, as Zitzelsberger reported. Negotiations should then start no later than September 16th.
Zitzelsberger drew attention to serious economic uncertainties, including the threat of a stop in Russian gas supplies. The southwest would be particularly badly affected by such an embargo, since the manufacturing sector is heavily represented there. There are talks with the employers about what a possible gas supply stop would trigger, for example in the case of short-time work.
"The war (Russia) against Ukraine and the corona lockdown in China are causing supply bottlenecks everywhere and driving up inflation," said Zitzelsberger. This affects both companies and employees. Risks of this kind should be taken into account when discussing demands in the collective bargaining round. "Our main focus in the forthcoming collective bargaining round is on a table-effective wage increase, the employees have given us this order unequivocally," said the district manager of the union.