In the dispute between Airbus and IG Metall about the future structure of Airbus Operations and Premium Aerotec there is apparently no agreement in sight. Now the union is calling on around 13,000 workers to go on a 20-hour warning strike. The plants in Hamburg and Stade are also affected.
Work stoppages are planned, in some cases over several shifts, for example in Hamburg and Augsburg until the next morning, said IG Metall on Thursday. The strike started at 10.15 a.m. and lasted until the end of the night shift on Saturday morning at 6 a.m. There are rallies in Augsburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Stade and Varel. The main speakers will be IG Metall district manager Daniel Friedrich in Hamburg and IG Metall board member Jürgen Kerner in Augsburg.
Union: Airbus “forces us into conflict”
The union is calling for a social collective agreement that regulates the conditions for the workers affected by the restructuring. “We’re not getting anywhere at the negotiating table,” said Friedrich. The management continues to reject a future package with firm commitments for all employees and locations under the Airbus umbrella. “The company relies on confrontation and forces us into conflict.”
As security for the employees, IG Metall demands a severance payment of three gross monthly salaries per year of employment with a base amount of 25,000 euros, should employees lose their jobs. In addition, a hardship rule for IG Metall members and two-year qualification measures should be agreed upon with continued payment of remuneration. IG Metall demands a term of twelve years for this regulation.
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Airbus boss Guillaume Faury announced in April that parts of Airbus Operations and large parts of Premium Aerotec would be merged into a new subsidiary at the beginning of 2022. In addition, a new unit is to be created that will concentrate on the production of individual parts and small components. For this company, which should also serve other customers, Airbus is striving to establish a connection with a “strong, external partner”.
According to IG Metall, almost 15,000 employees at the locations in Hamburg, Bremen and Stade as well as at Premium Aerotec in Nordenham, Varel and Augsburg are affected by the conversion plans. (dpa / fbo)