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Issue #1528      23 November 2011

Warning strikes in German steelworks

Metal workers’ union IG Metall is carrying out two-hour warning strikes in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen, and demanding rises of seven percent for the 75,000 steelworkers in the German states.

Other demands are that trainees be given permanent status, and that older employees are offered to work part time. The employers have so far refused to make a proposal. Negotiations continue until November 21 in Düsseldorf.

A third of all German workers under the age of 35 have never had a permanent job. The IG Metall therefore wants to limit temporary employments, the use of work agencies and precarious working conditions in a new bargaining agreement.

At ThyssenKrupp Nirosta in Dillenburg on November 10 a total of 12,200 steelworkers downed tools for the second warning strike. Steel production was stopped in Bremen, Gelsenkirchen, Salzgitter, Peine, Bochum, Ennepetal, Hagen, Remscheid, Siegen and Dillenburg.

Around 3,500 steelworkers came to the main action in Duisburg.

In Bremen 1,200 employees at ArcelorMittal GmbH stopped work for two hours, and in Bochum 2,000 steelworkers took action, the largest one in front of the gates of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG.

On November 14, the centre of steel action was in Mühlheim, where employees at Vallourec & Mannesmann, the Pipe works of Mannesmann, Europipe and the Foundry of Friedrich-Wilhelm stopped work for two hours

On November 15 employees in Vallourec & Mannesmann in Düsseldorf-Rath downed tools. November 16 was the turn of steelworkers in Schmolz-Bickenbach at Herzogenrath Kohlscheid.  

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