IG Metall suggests a four-day week

In response to the structural change, the IG Metall boss brings a four-day week to the table. So far, he has not given details of his proposal.

The metal industry union has almost 2.3 million members.

Dhe IG Metall brings a four-day week into conversation to save jobs in the metal and electrical industry. “The four-day week would be the answer to structural change in sectors such as the automotive industry. This means that industrial jobs can be kept instead of being written off, ”said the first chairman of the union, Jörg Hofmann, of the“ Süddeutsche Zeitung ”(Saturday). Hofmann did not give any details; he only spoke of “a certain amount of wage compensation for the employees so that the employees can afford it”.

Hofmann sees an interest in companies in reducing working hours instead of dismissing them. “That secures skilled workers and saves costs for a social plan, for example.” Companies such as Bosch, ZF and Daimler had only reached agreements this summer to reduce working hours.

The collective bargaining parties of the metal and electrical industry had agreed, under the impression of the looming corona crisis in March, for around 4 million employees in the industry not to increase the wages this year. With this emergency contract, the collective wage agreement, which had actually been terminated on March 31, was extended to the end of 2020 without any further increases. This means that the four-day week could come up with the next round of collective bargaining at the turn of the year.