Rastatt, Germany — Workers on each of three shifts at Grammer went on strike for an hour over a collective employment agreement earlier this week. The workers have been asking for a collective employment agreement for 10 months.
IG Metall is the trades union for automotive workers in Germany. It said that Grammer has been paying workers at the site up to 40% below the national union rate. The Rastatt works council was first elected in 2018.
IG Metall added that after six meetings the employer had not moved its position after six meetings. So, the union said it called token strikes to make its position clear.
Christian Herbon is the secretary of the IG Metall trade union. He said that the next meeting between management and the union is due at the beginning of July. He added ‘if there is no full offer at this date, we will increase the pressure. It’s not enough for the members of Grammer — that’s not the way to go!’
Grammer makes central consoles for Mercedes at the Rastatt plant.