German pencil workers stage first ever strike

German pencil workers stage first ever strike

Members of the IG Metall Union staged a ‘warning’ strike on June 5, which predominantly affected five German pencil manufacturers, including Faber-Castell and Schwan Stabilo, according to a report published by World Socialist Web Site.

Workers are demanding that their wages be upped by 5 percent over the course of the next year, or a minimum of €150 per month for workers at the bottom of the pay scale.

Their employers have made a counter offer of 1.8 percent for 12 months, followed by a further 1.6 percent over the following 24 months, per World Socialist Website.

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