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IG Metall Mannheim

At the conference, the fight against trade unions and works councils was presented using current examples and this scandalous breach of law was examined from several sides.

Works councils from various industries who were present reported shocking cases of bullying by company management against them. They noticed a growing aggressiveness towards active members of interest groups. Specialized "unlawful lawyers" and "consulting firms" played a special role.

With so-called suspicious dismissals, with spying and the decomposition of the professional and private environment, action would be taken against committed works councils. As a result, those affected would develop severe depressive illnesses and even attempt suicide. Financial and family problems that threaten the existence of the company would also arise.

The 1st authorized representative of IG Metall Mannheim, Klaus Stein, emphasized in his greeting to those present the need to resolutely counter the bullying of works councils by companies.

Verena zu Dohna-Jaeger from the IG Metall board (department of company policy) gave a lecture on the subject of "Combating trade unions and works councils - what is IG Metall doing about it?".

Patrick Fütterer, specialist lawyer for labor law, sat down with the question "BR mobbing - still not an issue for labor jurisdiction?" apart.

Stephan Weis-Will (ver.di) and Albrecht Kieser (work-watch) analyzed the "Case XXXL - Radical against works councils, workers and unions".

Helmut Schmitt (IG BCE) outlined strategic perspectives for dealing with BR bullying and called for more effective and better coordinated action.

The meeting passed the resolution "BR bullying and no end? Now consistently resist!".

Among other things, it requires:
"- that the governments of the state and federal level permanently record all cases of BR-bullying, set up special public prosecutor's offices and finally have an effective anti-bullying law passed
- that the fight against BR bullying in the 2017 federal election campaign will be heard
- that the employers' associations prevent the use of lawyers and consultants who guide and support BR bullying in their member companies
- That the bar associations, these 'unlawful lawyers', who do not uphold the law, but disregard it, withdraw their license at least in the field of labor law
- that quick union task forces are formed, which support the comprehensive defense against BR-bullying across unions and organize resistance together with the colleagues on site. "

All those affected by BR bullying are appealed to: "Defend yourself! Resist! Call on the public, your trade unions, political organizations and the regional solidarity committees to show solidarity!"

The full text of this resolution can be found in the annex.

The conference was supported by IG Metall Mannheim as well as AKUWILL (Oberhausen), IG BCE Weinheim, IGM trust body General Electric (MA), inter-company solidarity committee Rhein-Neckar, ver.di Rhein-Neckar and work-watch (Cologne).

The Mannheim band ewo² with Bernd Köhler and Jan Lindqvist made a musical contribution to the success of the conference.

In one year, on October 14, 2017, the 4th nationwide conference "Works councils in sight" is to take place in Mannheim.

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