Thyssenkrupp offered workers to get union backing for Tata Steel deal

A logo of ThyssenKrupp AG is pictured outside the ThyssenKrupp headquarters in Essen, November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
Vastavam web: Thyssenkrupp has offered workers commitments on jobs and investments to get union backing for its deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel operations, several people close to labour union IG Metall said.German industrial group Thyssenkrupp and India’s Tata Steel agreed in September to merge their European steel operations, creating the continent’s second largest steelmaker with revenues of 15 billion euros ($17.7 billion).
But workers at Thyssenkrupp fiercely oppose the deal, concerned more steel jobs will be lost on top of the 2,000 already announced.German weekly Bild am Sonntag had on Sunday cited Thyssenkrupp personnel chief Oliver Burkhard as saying in an internal memo that the industrial group was prepared to make commitments on future investments and job security.
“With our proposal, we want to secure jobs at the future joint venture into the next decade,” it had quoted him as saying.“If the employer’s side wants to move forward now, then that’s a signal to which we will respond,” Knut Giesler, the head of IG Metall in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia said.