EMF calls for sustainable employment for ThyssenKrupp workers

Brussels, (PresseBox) - On 25th May trade unions representatives and works council members from ThyssenKrupp from Germany, Italy, Spain, France and Belgium met in Brussels to discuss the restructuring plan laid down by central management.

The planned measures, which will disband the group and likely to affect 35,000 employees, are a 'solution' to the group's massive debt. Making workers pay for this debt - the result of a string of poor management decisions - was unanimously viewed as wholly unacceptable by participants. The EMF urges management to engage in a dialogue with unions and workers' representatives on how to ensure a viable and long-term industrial development covering all the group's activities.

Participants reaffirmed their support for a coordinated response vis-à-vis the group and called on management to fully shoulder its responsibilities towards its own workforce, especially by respecting information and consultation rights at all levels and in all countries.

In terms of the specific planned measures the trade unions demand that:

- where planned measures have been announced the group must not finalise its decision before having fully informed and consulted the trade union/employee representative bodies both at European and national levels. Priority should be given to an industrial concept which secures the industrial future of the group and safeguards employment.

- restructuring processes that have already been implemented must be halted and alternatives have to be fully explored. Restructuring must not lead to dismissals. Guarantees secured in the 'future and employment' agreement concluded in Germany should be a basis for discussions in the current restructuring processes.

Trade unions are strongly committed to further coordinate their strategy in the future in order to elaborate common responses and to ensure sustainable solutions for all.

International Trade Union House (ITUH)

The EMF is the representative body defending the interests of workers in the European metal industry. The EMF has a mandate for the external representation and coordination of the metalworkers' unions and a mandate to engage in bargaining at European level.

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