Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Porsche Workers Strike For The Third Day

Workers at Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi, and BMW factories in Germany held 24-hour strikes for the third time on Friday.

These strikes, triggered by the powerful IG Metall labor union, were held as a warning shot before a decision is made whether to instigate extended industrial action. If this decision is made, it could cost the German automakers hundreds of millions of euros in lost production, Automotive News reports.

On the back of the strikes, the union and the employers said they are open to resuming talks this week, but both insist that the other side must make concessions.

IG Metall is demanding an 8 per cent pay rise over 27 months for its 3.9 million members in the metals and engineering sector. Additionally, the union wants workers to have the option of reducing their weekly hours to 28 from 35 to care for children, elderly or sick relatives. After two years of reduced hours, they could return to full time work.

Employers in the metals and engineering sector have offered a 6.8 per cent wage increase but shot down the idea of reduced hours, unless they are able to also increase hours when necessary.

“Now it is up to the employers to understand the signal we are sending and make a significant improvement to their offer. If the employers are willing to do that, talks can resume on Monday,” IG Metall chief Joerg Hofmann said.

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  • Bash

    Wait a sec, are they saying or does that mean that VW workers are satisfied with their working hours and wages?

  • Six_Tymes

    I would GLADLY take one of those Jobs.

    • TheHake

      Porsche employees got €9111-00 bonus last year. And STILL they strike. Let’s go build some Porsches, Six_Tymes!

  • TheHake

    These are the IDIOTS that are forcing work to be exported to India/Brazil/China. Europe is going down.

    • europeon

      You can’t blame workers for not having a long term vision, they’re just asking more money and more rights – which is justified if you think what a social welfare state the EU as a whole is becoming.

      • TheHake

        They are ruining it for all of us. The day is near that VW/BMW/Merc will not be able to afford these idiots anymore and they will be forced to outsource to India/China. Then we’ll have (yet) another bunch of people draining the social system.

        • europeon

          I don’t know what to say…

          On one hand I understand the workers, everyone strives for a better living (ie more money in this case) especially the ones in western countries, where the cost of living and expectations are higher and higher.

          On the other hand I agree with you. Moreover from my personal experience, as I’m having a very hard time myself to find workers, for one of my side businesses, that actually are willing to work for the money I can pay them.

          • Jason Panamera

            More strikes, faster process of automation will be. They will just kick out themselves.

          • TheHake

            I hear you. But people need to be realistic. If you studied to be a doctor or engineer, with the responsibilities that goes with it, then you should earn better. But when you are a factory worker, you shouldn’t be able to afford an S-class.

          • Jason Panamera

            Hmm. As far as i know, even for assembly lines german companies are taking mostly people with enigneer in mechanics or other specialists.( My friends were trying to get that job in BMW factory in Munich and they required degree, but overall i may be wrong).It’s for sure in Porsche. And with salary around 45k yearly, after few years of saving you will be able to lease an S class :D.

    • John

      these car manufactures all have manufacturing facilities in China.
      I guess it’s time they invest even more money there.

    • Christian Wimmer

      Well they kind of need a pay increase since everything in Germany has become more expensive.

      There are people here who can’t afford to pay their rent anymore because of dirty tricks landlords use to increase the rent. And the politicians are taking their sweet time to solve this problem….

      • TheHake

        The problems of the German citizens aren’t the governments priority anymore.

    • Silimarina

      The work force will not move to India/Brazil/China. Technology in AI and robotics advances day by day.Probably in 5 years the majority of this jobs will be replaced by robots.

  • Bo Hanan

    Paid well and still striking? How very American of them.

    • TheHake

      Yup. Everything is moving that way.

  • Jds65

    Lol these companies give so many incentives and bonuses to thier workforce yet they still aren’t satisfied or ever will be.Then you wonder why companies start outsourcing.

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