In the collective bargaining dispute in the confectionery industry, the Food, Pleasure and Restaurant Union (NGG) has announced warning strikes at the luxury goods manufacturer Bahlsen in Varel (Friesland district). According to the Oldenburg NGG, work at the Varel plant is to be stopped on Monday morning with the start of the early shift. There, 247 employees make biscuits. “There is no crisis in the confectionery industry, only sales records,” said Brümmer. The employees wanted their fair share of this. Because of the record prices in the supermarkets, skyrocketing rents and fuel prices, the financial worries are huge.
The union NGG is currently negotiating with the Federal Association of the Confectionery Industry about higher wages for the approximately 60,000 employees in the industry. According to their own statements, the union wants to increase the pressure with a Germany-wide warning strike after two unsuccessful rounds of negotiations. Around 50 companies are to be struck across Germany in June. The employer offer so far provides for wages to be increased by 3.8 percent in 2023 and by 2.9 percent in 2024. That does not do justice to the precarious situation of many employees, criticized Brümmer. The union demands 500 euros more per month in the lower wage groups, 400 euros more in the other groups, and 200 euros more per month for trainees.