Berlin (dpa / bb) - After unsuccessful negotiations on equal working conditions in East and West, IG Metall gets political support in the Berlin Senate.

The governing mayor Michael Müller wants to emphasize the demand at a rally on Monday.

«More than 30 years after reunification, our colleagues in the eastern part of our city and throughout eastern Germany have to work three hours longer week after week than in the west.

That is unjust! ”Criticized the SPD politician on Friday.

It is right that IG Metall wants to change that.

"The following must apply to the whole of Germany: the same wages for the same work."

The negotiations with the Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry in Berlin and Brandenburg (VME) were unsuccessful on Thursday evening, as was the round with employers in Saxony on Monday.

Further warning strikes were announced for Friday in the joint trade union district of the three countries.

In the nationwide collective bargaining in the industry, there was a pilot deal in North Rhine-Westphalia at the end of March.

In Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony, however, IG Metall is making further demands for working conditions to be brought into line with western standards.


Employers refused further concessions on Thursday.

The situation of the companies is extremely uncertain and there is no further leeway, said VME negotiator Stefan Moschko.

“The fair and balanced pilot degree from North Rhine-Westphalia is on the table.

We call on the union to agree on the takeover with us in our collective bargaining area.

The agreement in North Rhine-Westphalia provides for a corona premium of 500 euros this year, permanent special payments from 2022, which can be used in companies with employment problems for financial compensation when working hours are reduced.

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