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Germany: Solidarity with strikers at Autogrill

In Partnership with the German Food, Beverages and Catering Union (Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten - NGG) and the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF), an international federation composed of 396 affiliated organizations in 126 countries representing a combined membership of around 2.6 million.

Since 16 April 2014 workers at Autogrill service stations in
Hörselgau and Eisenach (Thuringia) and in Donautal, Rhön and Greding (Bavaria) have been taking indefinite strike action. The aim is to conclude a standard general wage agreement for the first time. These workers need to know that they are not alone. Autogrill Deutschland GmbH presently has tenancy agreements at 36 service stations, airports and rest areas. The company is currently paying new employees in East Germany €7.00 per hour and in West Germany €8.00 per hour.
The German management is not prepared to conclude an across-the-board collective agreement that provides for wages above €8.50 an hour, the future minimum wage in Germany. The Autogrill Group, which has its head office in Milan, is the world's biggest provider of catering and retail services for travellers. It has approximately 75,000 employees at 1,200 locations in 43 countries. More than 90% of its annual revenue – over 2 billion euros – comes from motorways, airports and railway stations. Edizione, the holding company of the Benetton family, owns just under 60% of Autogrill and is thus the majority shareholder.

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