Germany’s IG-Metall metalworkers’ union is demanding a 6.5 percent pay increase. Why?
They argue that their pay should reflect how well their employers are doing. Nermin Rekic is one of 600 employees working for König Metall in Gaggenau, assembling parts for the auto industry. A father of two, he wants to provide for his family despite rising living costs, and doesn’t see why he shouldn’t have a share in his company’s success. Negotiations are set to begin in March.