Gerd Rohde 10 June 2009 12:52:17Employees of EDS in Rüsselsheim, Germany, have gone on strike again on 9 and 10 June. The key objective of the strike is to get a collective agreement regulating employment safeguards, training, early retirement and severance packages. In addition, a salary hike of 6% is on the claims list. So far, management has refused to come to the bargaining table with the responsible trade unions ver.di and IG Metall.
After the takeover of EDS by HP the company had announced the reduction of 1150 jobs in order to achieve the profit expectations imposed by HP. This would include closing down a number of locations all over Germany. The first strike, some two weeks ago, was widely followed and is documented in our blog.
During the first strike concerns about strike breaking activities were raised, for example the possible re-location of certain activities to India was mentioned, though not verified. We have immediately contacted our Indian IT affiliate UNITES to be vigilant and to report to us any such attempts. (the attachment below takes you to the trade union's strike magazine in German only, though).
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