- Title: GERMANY: Wage talks for German steel workers enter third round
- Date: 30th September 2010
- Summary: DUESSELDORF, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 29, 2010) (REUTERS) PROTESTING STEEL WORKERS GATHERED OUTSIDE DUESSELDORF HOTEL WHERE IG METALL UNION MEMBERS AND EMPLOYERS WERE TO HOLD THIRD ROUND OF TALKS UNION OFFICIAL ADDRESSING STEEL WORKERS FROM PODIUM / STEEL WORKERS BLOWING WHISTLES STEEL WORKER IN FIRE RESISTANT OVERALL LISTENING STEEL WORKERS LISTENING BANNER READING 'END THE SLAVERY - TAKE OVER ALL CONTRACT WORKERS!" IG METALL UNION REGIONAL LEADER, OLIVER BURKHARD, BEING INTERVIEWED BURKHARD SPEAKING IG METALL LOGO ON WALL (SOUNDBITE) (German) IG METALL UNION REGIONAL LEADER, OLIVER BURKHARD, SAYING "We have not received an offer so far. Our demands have been known for five weeks. We have been offered nothing. We held one round of warning strikes. I think employers would be well advised now if they finally stared negotiating with us." EMPLOYERS' HEAD OF NEGOTIATIONS, HELMUT KOCH, IN CONFERENCE ROOM BOTTLES ON TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (German) EMPLOYERS' HEAD OF NEGOTIATIONS, HELMUT KOCH, SAYING "It is a complex issue which the IG METALL (union) is confronting us with, especially the issue of contract workers where our industry sector is a sort of role model. It's a complex meeting and we have to see how we move on." PROTESTING STEEL WORKERS SEEN THROUGH WINDOW AS FAKE MONEY BILLS ARE BLOWN INTO THE AIR FAKE BILLS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR IG METALL UNION REPRESENTATIVES WALKING IN HOTEL HALLWAY ON WAY TO WAGE TALKS EMPLOYER REPRESENTATIVES WALKING TO WAGE TALKS WAGE TALKS PARTICIPANTS SHAKING EACH OTHER'S HANDS WIDE OF ROUND TABLE KOCH AND EMPLOYER REPRESENTATIVES SITTING DOWN IG METALL UNION REPRESENTATIVES SEATED / EMPLOYER REPRESENTATIVES SEATED BURKHARD SMILING OFFICIAL CLOSING DOOR
- Embargoed: 15th October 2010 03:39
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Employment,Domestic Politics
- Reuters ID: LVABKWY3ZAIMC8NZR60ETGOA1G5M
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- Story Text: Wage talks for some 85,000 German steel workers went into a third round in Duesseldorf on Wednesday (September 29), with the powerful IG Metall union demanding a six percent pay increase.
Employers and union representatives met a hotel where several hundred steel workers demonstrated for their demands, waving IG Metall flags and holding banners reading "end the slavery."
IG Metall union regional leader Oliver Burkhard said they still had not received an offer from employers.
"Our demands have been known for five weeks. We have been offered nothing. We held one round of warning strikes. I think employers would be well advised now if they finally stared negotiating with us," Burkhard said.
The representative for the steel industry employers, Helmut Koch, called the negotiations a "complex issue," saying "it's a complex meeting and we have to see how we move on."
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