Big Strike Threatened By German Workers

Politicians appealed on Saturday for new efforts to avoid a metalworkers’ strike likely to begin in Bavaria next Friday, and the union prepared for a vote Monday to seal its action plan.

A strike in Bavaria could be the beginning of a nationwide work stoppage - something that hasn’t hit the metalworking sector since 1984, when a seven-week strike seriously damaged the auto industry.

Talks between the giant IG Metall metalworkers’ union, representing 3.5 million workers, and management have stalled across western Germany.

Employers on Friday refused to specify a wage offer and the union refused to continue talks.

Click here to comment on this story »

Saving for the future

sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.



Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Back to Spokesman Mobile