IG Metall to start token strikes

Berlin. The fight for a 35-hour week without a reduction in wages in eastern Germany is getting tougher. Agreement between IG Metall and the Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie (VME, or the Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry) seems unlikely.

According to spokesman Herbert Duennemeier, IG Metall plans selective strike action starting on May 5.

Thorsten Elsholtz from the VME said of the 35-hour week: "Such an agreement would worsen companies' already difficult situations, particularly for small- and medium-sized suppliers."

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