The "spiegel" newspaper refers to a meeting with management rates at which jennings made it clear that there was no alternative to withdrawing from the collective bargaining agreement. If the warehousing group had to pay the upcoming wage increases this year and next, another 800 to 1,000 full-time jobs would have to be cut in return, the boss is said to have threatened. "Jennings was not threatening," a karstadt spokesman explained. Jennings had said that cutting jobs was wrong and not the right business decision.
After the saarland food retailer globus, karstadt is the second gross employer within a short time to leave the flat collective agreement. The essen group is switching to a membership without collective bargaining obligations with the employer associations. He wants to continue to apply the collective bargaining agreements currently in force for his 20,000 or so karstadt employees, but he wants to avoid wage increases.
Karstadt announced at the beginning of the week that it would take a two-year "tariff break" to bring the company back to full health.
In company circles, there was talk of additional charges of approximately 36 million euros being averted by the move.
Verdi demands 6.5 percent more money for retailers in north rhine-westphalia.