300 Vestas workers on strike in Germany

Members of German labor union IG Metall have taken the lead in a larger strike among Vestas Deutschland employees, where roughly 300 personnel have now laid down work after several months of disputes.
Photo: vestas
Photo: vestas

Around 300 Vestas Deutschland workers went on strike on Monday this week as a part of efforts to secure equitable pay and labor conditions, reports media Renews.

The strike was called by members of labor union IG Metall, fighting for improved work conditions, more transparency in remuneration, equal pay for equal work and essentially, increased compensation on all counts.

In a statement on the labor conflict – the largest of its kind since the wind OEM quit negotiations with the company’s approximately 1,700 workers in Germany back in July – Vestas comments:

“The aftermath of the pandemic, Russia’s war in the Ukraine, and other external factors which we cannot influence have hit Vestas and the wind industry overall hard,” the company writes.

Previously, Vestas offered a labor settlement entailing a pay increase for roughly 700 service workers in Germany, but IG Metall rejected the offer.

“Our goal remains collective bargaining with the company. The door for discussions is always open with us,” comments Daniel Friedrich, district manager at IG Metall.

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