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German Labor Union Workers Go On Strike for 28-Hour Work Week
Couch potatoes everywhere rejoice. Germany is on strike. Because wimplings don't want to work or something. The effect on the economy will be huge, but that isn't their problem (see Meet ‘MEternity.’ Feminist Wants Maternity Leave Without the Baby… and Fast Food Workers Hold Labor Day Strike. Demand $15 Minimum Wage…).
The IG Metall union, which represents around 3.9 million workers, wants every employee in the metal and electrical sector to have the option to reduce their working hours for a total period of two years, with the automatic right to return to full-time employment afterwards.
Emboldened by Germany’s fastest economic growth in six years and record low unemployment, IG Metall is demanding an 8 percent pay rise over 27 months for 3.9 million metal and engineering workers.
Under the union proposals, workers who opt for a 28-hour week in order to take care of young children or ageing parents would get an additional allowance of €200 per month. Those who want to take a break from doing shift work with a high health risk would be compensated with €750 per year.
28 hour "work week."
The labor union makes no mention of what qualifies one to take such short work hours. "Young children" could be anything from a baby to a 10-year-old. Also, everyone over 20 has aging parents. The parameters are rather wide here. Not to mention the fact they're demanding more pay for less work.
While German laborers throw their little temper tantrum, the companies are suffering.
The IG Metall union has called for full-day walkouts through Friday, firing a last warning shot before it ballots for extended industrial action that could be crippling to companies reliant on a supply chain of car parts and other components.
“I therefore hope that we are able to return to talks again as soon as possible,” [Rainer Dulger, president of employers’ association Gesamtmetall] said, adding that some of the demands made by Germany’s largest union went too far.
That's putting it lightly. If these deutschbags want to be paid significantly more money for significantly less work, they should consider specializing in a different skill.
I'm sure metal work 40 hours a week sucks. It's not for the wimpy of hearts. Still, rather than demand a company upheave its entire system in order to accommodate these unrealistic fantasies, perhaps these chaps should consider pursuing a different career. One wherein their dainty hands and frail joints aren't put to use 8 hours a day.
The workers knew the job requirements before they signed onto the job. Now they refuse to work until these entirely new demands are met. This is the same entitled lack of logic we found among the #FightFor15. Which didn't work out too great (see #FightFor15 Backfires MAJORLY: Wage Hikes Cause Mass Job Loss). Germany might want to take notes.
Listen to NotGayJared and Crowder talk more about the #FightFor15 failfest below.