The wave of strike strikes in Germany’s steel and electricity industries is gaining momentum. After a massive increase on Thursday, the IG Metall union has now registered almost 110,000 members, as reported.
The protests in those factories, which usually last several hours, began on Saturday and initially continued quietly due to various holidays. On Thursday alone, nearly 43,000 were added by afternoon.
The union is demanding eight percent more money over a twelve-month period for about 3.9 million workers across the country. In the negotiations that have been carried out regionally so far, the employers have each offered a one-time payment of 3,000 euros as well as an increase not specified in the wage tables for a period of 30 months. The one-time payment should reach the workers directly, without taxes and duties .
More warning strikes are planned until the fourth round of talks, which begin on Tuesday in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. If the rapprochement fails, IG Metall wants to use 24-hour warning notices or organize an indefinite strike in specific areas using ballots.