Ilsenburg (dpa/sa) - Around 250 employees at Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH stopped work in Ilsenburg on Thursday morning. That is a successful signal to employers, said the managing director of IG Metall Halberstadt, Janek Tomachefski. Employees from other shifts also participated. With the warning strikes they want to increase the pressure again in the ongoing negotiations about higher wages.
IG Metall is demanding 8.2 percent more money in the collective bargaining round. In the first negotiation, the employers had offered a one-off payment of 2,100 euros. The union had rejected this offer as completely inadequate. "Employees are not willing to let this collective bargaining round be bought off with a one-off payment," said Tomachefski.
"We do not hold a wage round with the aim of conducting a labor dispute. We conduct a wage round to achieve a good result for the employees," said the trade unionist. Two rounds of negotiations had so far produced no result. The third hearing for the East German iron and steel industry is scheduled for June 13th.