IG Metall protest at Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder
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The planned restructuring of the group at Airbus is meeting with resistance.
IG Metall wants to paralyze production at all of the aircraft manufacturer's German locations with all-day warning strikes.
"Work stoppages are sometimes planned over several shifts and days," announced the largest German trade union in Hamburg.
The background to this is the conflict that has been simmering since spring over the restructuring of civil aircraft production planned by the Airbus management.
IG Metall and Airbus have now spoken in five rounds of negotiations about the conditions for the renovation, without any result from the union's point of view.
Airbus boss holds strike call "inappropriate and disrespectful"
Airbus wants to sell parts of the supplier subsidiary Premium Aerotec.
In addition, the group wants to combine the assembly of aircraft fuselages and structures in a new subsidiary.
Around 3500 people work in single-part production, mainly in Augsburg and Varel near Bremen.
Airbus no longer counts this work as part of its core business.
"The last negotiation showed that Airbus is looking for escalation," said IG Metall negotiator Daniel Friedrich.
"The management has withdrawn agreements on how to proceed and is not prepared to conclude a fair future package with us for all employees and locations."
IG Metall wants to prevent the group from splitting up.
Together with the works council, she is calling for employment guarantees at the locations until the next decade.
Group works council chief Holger Junge said, instead of a split, there was a need for prospects for the employees.
"We want the work share to be secured at all current Airbus and Premium Aerotec locations and that we are equally involved in the future programs."
Airbus boss Guillaume Faury has heavily criticized the renewed call for a warning strike.
In the past 20 months, Airbus employees have "shown an incredible commitment and remarkable solidarity to carry Airbus through an unprecedented crisis in the corona pandemic," wrote Faury in an internal letter to the German workforce News agency dpa is available.
"The fact that this enormous collective effort is now being called into question by blocking activities is inappropriate and disrespectful to all those who give so much for Airbus every day."
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