One month after the initial agreement on a social wage agreement for the Continental plant in Carbine, Hesse, IG Metall let the settlement collapse. At the end of the announcement period, the company’s collective bargaining committee rejected the agreement reached with the car supplier on Friday, as announced by the Mitte union district in Frankfurt. One final proposal for the solution will now be made to Continental.
There was already a 24-hour warning strike in the dispute and IG Metall prepared the ballot for the hit indefinitely. This was discontinued after the main points agreement on April 22nd. It is unusual for the tariff commission not to accept the negotiated results, especially since similar regulations have been adopted at other Conte plants such as Babenhausen.
The union wants more
Frankfurt representative Michael Earhart expressed his understanding and referred to the mood in the team: “We have started the democratic process in the company to discuss the current outcome. It showed that employees expect more.”
The union is demanding more extensive protection against dismissal and higher end-of-service benefits. He also heard from company circles that IG Metall demanded improvements for those employees who decided not to partially retire. This was for about 300 of about 1,100 employees. “None of this is outrageous,” Earhart said.
With no acceptance, the shutdown of the entire electronics factory at the end of 2023 is also on the verge of happening, as Continental was originally intended. In key points, it is planned to extend a partial operation with about 150 employees until the end of 2025 and long-term maintenance for the Engineering Services business area of approximately 200 people.
Additionally, there should be partial retirement, end of service benefits, and a hiring company for other employees. The plant next to the Conti-Tech division is not affected.