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Südwestmetall rejects IG Metall push for wage plus

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The employers’ association Südwestmetall has rejected the recommendation of the IG Metall board of directors for a significant increase in wages. The push for seven to eight percent more money is “unrealistic and harmful,” said association leader Joachim Schulz on Wednesday in Stuttgart. It will be difficult to find a compromise in the bargaining round in the fall.

The employers’ association Südwestmetall has rejected the recommendation of the IG Metall board of directors for a significant increase in wages. The push for seven to eight percent more money is “unrealistic and harmful,” said association leader Joachim Schulz on Wednesday in Stuttgart. It will be difficult to find a compromise in the bargaining round in the fall.

After a reluctance in the Corona crisis, IG Metall wants a significant increase in wages for the around 3.9 million employees nationwide in the face of record-breaking inflation metal– and electrical industry. At the beginning of the week, the board had recommended a demand for seven to eight percent more money for the wage round.

“With a high collective bargaining agreement, we would increase the misery of many companies or drive them out of the association and the collective bargaining agreement. We absolutely want to prevent this,” said Schulz. In view of a possible economic downturn, the industry cannot bear any further cost burdens.

Schulz referred to a survey according to which almost a quarter of the companies in the southwest were plagued by existential concerns. Reasons are delivery bottlenecks and the Ukraine war. “The companies suffer above all from the sometimes enormous price increases for energy, raw materials or preliminary products.” However, the order situation is still good.

According to the association, 310 companies with around 300,000 employees took part in the survey in the second half of May in the southwest.

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