"We want to come to a result by Easter," he told the "Bild am Sonntag". But: “The employers now finally have to submit an offer. Zero point zero is not a basis for negotiation. "
Warning strikes are also possible under corona conditions, said the union boss. “We will make that even clearer in the next few weeks.” IG-Metall has been in collective bargaining since December and is demanding, among other things, four percent more wages. Employers could afford it, said Hofmann. “The crisis is over for many companies. Their capacities are almost fully utilized, and many are working extra shifts. ”The core industries such as vehicle construction and steel were earning a lot again, according to the IG Metall boss. “Those who pay billions to their shareholders can also pay their employees properly.” Hofmann also put pressure on the harmonization of working hours in the East. “It cannot be that even in the economically strong metal and electrical industry, a worker in the east has to toil for less money per hour than a worker in the west,” said the unionist. “We cannot continue to allow second-class employees in Germany. This relic from the time of reunification should finally be cleared away in this collective bargaining round. ”And with a view to the construction of the Tesla factory in Grünheide, Hofmann already marked out his territory: He is pleased that Tesla sees Germany as an attractive place for investments. “German employers can learn a thing or two about that. And if Elon Musk wants to employ skilled workers in his Gigafactory, he will get to know IG Metall and our collective bargaining agreements. "