IKEA strike announced in Dortmund - Radio 91.2

Ikea employees will strike in several NRW cities, including Dortmund, on Friday (June 17).

Strike in Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen and Kamen

The verdi trade union called an all-day strike. Workers in furniture stores in Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen and Kamen are taking part in the strike. At rallies, they want to demand a collective agreement in the future. The focus is on the effects of digital transformation on employees. According to the union, the collective agreement aims to ensure a sustainable employment structure through qualification offers.

“IKEA management still refuses to negotiate a future collective agreement. It is about shaping the impact of digital transformation on employees.” Among other things, the collective agreement aims to ensure a sustainable employment structure through qualification offers”, said Silke Zimmer, Head of Trade at Verdi in North Rhine-Westphalia.

In response to a question from Radio 91.2, the furniture company wrote:

“IKEA believes in jobs and has always invested and will continue to invest in training and additional education for all employees in order to prepare them as best as possible for the changing conditions in the retail scene in Germany. This is also true especially with the aim of digitization.”

The goal is to maximize job security by increasing business development and preparing employees for the future. To that end, IKEA wants to strike a general business agreement with work councils that will provide security for everyone involved, according to IKEA.

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