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Money: Warnstreik is supposed to move Vestas to tariff discussions

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With a three -hour warning strike, IG Metall has increased the pressure on the German subsidiary of the Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas in negotiations on a collective agreement. All 1,700 employees were called nationwide to settle the work on Monday between 7.45 a.m. and 10.45 a.m.

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"We want them to arrive in normalcy," said the negotiator of the union, the Rendsburg IG Metall Managing Director Martin Bitter, the German Press Agency. So far, Vestas has refused to accept IG Metall as a negotiating partner for a collective agreement. Instead, the company prefers to talk to the works council about the working conditions and the amount of the fees. "We cannot accept this blockage," said Bitter. So far, the company has not responded to the conflict to DPA requests.

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High participation in Warnstreik

According to the union, several hundred employees have participated in the strikes in wind farms, in camps and on construction sites. "We are very satisfied with the participation," said Bitter. "We will not accept the categorical no to accept negotiations by the employer."

Germany's largest union had entered discussions with Vestas Deutschland GmbH (Hamburg) in mid -May. Finally, they spoke to each other in early July, this meeting was very short. According to IG Metall, the conflict concerns a total of around 1,700 employees, including 700 fitters who are busy with service and maintenance of wind turbines throughout Germany.

Bitter had expressed the “clear expectation of the employees” to work on the collective bargaining conditions before the start of the talks in May. "The wind industry will take a key role in converting our electricity and energy supply in the coming years," said the trade unionist. "In our view, it is all the more important that we take serious steps in order to also increase tariff binding in the industry."

The IG Metall has long complained that many suppliers of the wind industry, for example mechanical engineers, are traditionally subject to the area collective agreement of the metal and electrical industry. So far, however, the wind industry has refused to bind the collective bargaining in manufacturers and in the service area.

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