Karcher works council defends itself against igmetall

Karcher works council defends itself against igmetall

The union wants to have the works council at the company’s headquarters in winnenden dissolved by court order because it calls too few works meetings. The law stipulates four meetings a year, but karcher only holds one. In addition, employees were informed via announcements, the intranet and departmental meetings, explains the works council.

"It’s about something else", ziegler said. The union wants to gain influence in the family business. There was never a request from the workforce to hold more than one works meeting. Not only the management, but also shareholder johannes karcher, the son of the company’s founder, had an open ear for the employees’ concerns.

Whether that is enough for the court is nevertheless questionable: "information through other channels does not outweigh the works meeting," the judge stated on monday.

IG metall openly admits that it is also about having more of a say at karcher. The manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and high-pressure cleaners is not yet bound by the collective bargaining agreement. "We want to make contact with the company," said local IG metall representative matthias fuchs.

At karcher, this is being watched with suspicious eyes. Managing director hartmut jenner said he has received a flood of e-mails since the trial began. "Employees fight back."

On monday, the judge unsuccessfully asked the karcher works council to commit itself in a declaration to complying with the law. "You’re entering difficult waters," he warned employee representatives. If the parties do not reach an agreement, the judge predicts that the proceedings will probably be taken to further courts of law. The next date in stuttgart is scheduled for the end of june.

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