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Airbus: IG Metall wants to paralyze factories with warning strikes


The dispute over the reorganization of Airbus is coming to a head. IG Metall now wants to emphasize its demands for job guarantees with all-day warning strikes.

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Airbus aircraft yard in Finkenwerder: The conflict has been smoldering since spring

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With all-day warning strikes at Airbus, IG Metall wants to paralyze production at all of the aircraft manufacturer's German locations from Thursday.

"Some work stoppages are planned over several shifts and days," the union announced on Wednesday in Hamburg.

The locations of the Airbus subsidiary Premium Aerotec in Varel and Nordenham in Lower Saxony and in Augsburg are affected.

The work stoppages should last until Saturday.

From Friday to Sunday, the workforce from Airbus Operations in Hamburg and Stade will join them.

A one-day warning strike is planned for Friday at Airbus and Premium Aerotec in Bremen.

Management sees no reason for warning strikes

The background to this is the conflict that has been simmering since spring about the structural changes planned by the Airbus management in civil aircraft production.

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.

"If we do not come to a solution in a timely manner, we will run into a major conflict," threatened Friedrich on Wednesday.

The aircraft manufacturer reacted with sharp words: In a letter to the workforce, CEO Guillaume Faury called the IG Metall's approach "inappropriate and disrespectful".

In the conflict, the company had already "given many guarantees with regard to safety, working conditions and investments in the future," so that there has not yet been any serious reason for the renewed warning strikes.

In April, Airbus announced its intention to sell parts production at the Premium Aerotec subsidiary in Augsburg, in Varel in Frisia and in Romania to an investor. Otherwise, tough restructuring measures threatened with significant effects on employment. In addition, Airbus wants to combine the assembly of aircraft fuselages and structures in a new subsidiary. The Airbus works in Stade, parts of the Hamburg location and the Airbus subsidiary Premium Aerotec with three of the four Augsburg plants and the Bremen and Nordenham locations would be affected.

In total, around 13,000 employees are likely to be affected by the plans at Airbus Operations and Premium Aerotec.

IG Metall wants to prevent a split.

Promises made by Airbus so far are not enough for the union.

With the works councils, she is primarily demanding employment guarantees at all locations that will extend into the next decade.

mik / dpa-AFX

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-12-02

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