Even after four rounds of collective bargaining in retail, there is still no agreement. While the employers continue to insist on one-off payments, the union is demanding a “permanent, strong salary increase,” as chief negotiator Helga Fichtinger emphasized on Tuesday evening. An ultimatum was given to the employers.
If there is no new negotiation date on November 29th, strikes on December 2nd and 3rd are possible. In any case, there are works meetings on November 24th and 25th. The strikes would hit the industry very hard, because December 3rd is the second Saturday for shopping percent plus a minimum amount, so that low-income earners get a two-digit increase. On average, the salary increase would be 9.37 percent, according to Fichtinger. This is intended to meet the employers’ desire for a “flattening out”. However, a one-time payment is not acceptable.