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Germany: Volkswagen workers stage 24-hour walkout at world's biggest factory03:42

Germany: Volkswagen workers stage 24-hour walkout at world's biggest factory

Germany, Wolfsburg
February 1, 2018 at 18:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

Members of the IG Metall union announced a series of 24-hour walkouts at numerous manufacturers in Germany, including Volkswagen and its plant in Wolfsburg, on Thursday.

Workers marched from their meeting point outside of the plant to the exterior of the world’s largest factory (by total area), waving union flags and banners.

Addressing the crowd, head of the worker’s council Bernd Osterloh said, "Volkswagen's business is booming, but it is not the merit of the management. That's your achievement." He added, "Our demands, which have been made in this collective bargaining round, are absolutely justified."

IG-Metall has threatened further strike action if its demands for an 8.0% pay rise and 28-hour reduced working week are not met.

Employers are seeking to reach a compromise in the dispute, which has been ongoing since January.

Los miembros del sindicato IG Metall en Alemania anunciaron una serie de huelgas de 24 horas en protesta por su jornada y salarios, afectando varios fabricantes mas grandes, incluyendo Volkswagen en Wolfsburg.

CIentos de trabajadores de la fábrica de Volkswagen en Wolfsburg se reunieron frente a su planta con pancartas y banderas. En toda Alemania, se cree que aproximadamente 260 empresas se verán afectadas por unas movilizaciones.

El sindicato alemán IG Metall ha lanzando una advertencia de más acciones si las fábricas no cumplen con sus demandas. El sindicato pide un aumento salarial de 6% para unos 3,9 millones de empleados, y el derecho a reducir la semana laboral a 28 horas por dos años si los trabajadores se comprometen a regresar luego a un horario regular. La huelga comenzó en el turno de la noche del martes cuando fracasaron las negociaciones.

Germany: Volkswagen workers stage 24-hour walkout at world's biggest factory03:42
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Members of the IG Metall union announced a series of 24-hour walkouts at numerous manufacturers in Germany, including Volkswagen and its plant in Wolfsburg, on Thursday.

Workers marched from their meeting point outside of the plant to the exterior of the world’s largest factory (by total area), waving union flags and banners.

Addressing the crowd, head of the worker’s council Bernd Osterloh said, "Volkswagen's business is booming, but it is not the merit of the management. That's your achievement." He added, "Our demands, which have been made in this collective bargaining round, are absolutely justified."

IG-Metall has threatened further strike action if its demands for an 8.0% pay rise and 28-hour reduced working week are not met.

Employers are seeking to reach a compromise in the dispute, which has been ongoing since January.

Los miembros del sindicato IG Metall en Alemania anunciaron una serie de huelgas de 24 horas en protesta por su jornada y salarios, afectando varios fabricantes mas grandes, incluyendo Volkswagen en Wolfsburg.

CIentos de trabajadores de la fábrica de Volkswagen en Wolfsburg se reunieron frente a su planta con pancartas y banderas. En toda Alemania, se cree que aproximadamente 260 empresas se verán afectadas por unas movilizaciones.

El sindicato alemán IG Metall ha lanzando una advertencia de más acciones si las fábricas no cumplen con sus demandas. El sindicato pide un aumento salarial de 6% para unos 3,9 millones de empleados, y el derecho a reducir la semana laboral a 28 horas por dos años si los trabajadores se comprometen a regresar luego a un horario regular. La huelga comenzó en el turno de la noche del martes cuando fracasaron las negociaciones.

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