• Short Summary

    METAL WORKERS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF WESTERN GERMANY HAVE VOTED IN FAVOUR OF STRIKE ACTION - IN THE MOST SERIOUS TROUBLE TO HIT GERMAN INDUSTRY SINCE THE WAR.

  • Description

    METAL WORKERS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF WESTERN GERMANY HAVE VOTED IN FAVOUR OF STRIKE ACTION - IN THE MOST SERIOUS TROUBLE TO HIT GERMAN INDUSTRY SINCE THE WAR.ONE OF THE WORST HIT PLANTS IN THE COMING STRIKE WILL BE THE DAILMER-BENZ FACTORY AT STUTTGART, WHERE THE MONEY EARNING MERCEDES RANGE OF CARS ARE PRODUCED.AFTER THE VOTE ON FEB 2, ABOUT 90 PERCENT OF THE METAL WORKERS ARE SAID TO HAVE DEMANDED A STRIKE.

    FIRST RESULTS FROM VARIOUS FACTORIES IN THE SOUTH INDICATE AN 80 TO 90 PER CENT VOTE FOR THE STRIKE IN SUPPORT OF A WAGE CLAIM.THE METAL WORKERS UNION WANTS A 10 PER CENT INCREASE, A SHORTER WORKING WEEK, AND LONGER HOLIDAYS FOR 320,000 MEMBERS.

    BOTH THE UNION AND THE EMPLOYEES - WHO HAVE OFFERED A 3 PER CENT WAGE INCREASE - HAVE TAKEN UP EMBATTLED POSITIONS IN THIS DISPUTE AND SHOW NO SIGNS OF ACCEPTING A COMPROMISE.THE UNION HAS REJECTED OFFERS OF MEDIATION, WHILE THE EMPLOYERS HAVE THREATENED LOCKOUTS AND THE WITHDRAWAL OF FRINGE BENEFITS.DR ADENAUER WAS EXPECTED TO INTERVENE PERSONALLY IN THE DISPUTE, BUT HE IS STILL NOT WELL ENOUGH TO CARRY OUT PRELIMINARY TALKS WITH HIS MINISTER OF ECONOMICS, PROFESSOR ERHARDT.

    EMPLOYERS MAINTAIN THAT WAGES HAVE ON THE WHOLE RISEN FASTER THAN PRODUCTIVITY - IN FACT BY 151 PER CENT AGAINST 116 PER CENT SINCE 1949.ACCORDING TO THE UNION, METALWORKERS' WAGES ARE UP BY 32 PER CENT SINCE 1956 - AGAINST AN AVERAGE INCREASE THROUGHOUT ALL INDUSTRY OF 38 PER CENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEA1QI4TZXSCN49H0B4L2DG3TO
    Media URN:
    VLVAEA1QI4TZXSCN49H0B4L2DG3TO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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