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31 October 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 09:18 GMT+1

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VSM urges unions to understand seriousness German shipyards

Laken: today more than ever our shipyards they need social partners with a sense of reality and a sense of proportion

The Association of German Shipyards has denounced "pure madness" the decision of the Ver.Di, the second national trade union organization, to call strikes at a time where -- pointed out the Verband f'r Schiffbau und Meerestechnik and. V. (VSM) - Germany's public debt is rising to record levels as a result of the measures taken to limit the job losses caused by the crisis triggered from the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the other hand, VSM appreciated the recent stance of the IG Metall, Germany's first trade union, to protect the industry national naval engineering: specifying that "in Germany the coronavirus crisis is hitting the heart of the constructions", Daniel Friedrich, representative of IG Metall Koste - had pointed out that, according to what from company communications, the union fears that it is at a serious more than a third of the 18,000 jobs on construction sites German naval vessels.

"This is the first time that the European VSM Naval Engineering Association, Reinhard Laken - is was an important statement, as in the weeks previous ones from many sides had the impression that not all trade union representatives understood the seriousness situation.' "Today more than ever - he said Mr. social partners with a sense of reality and a sense of Proportions. Demand for new ships - explained the director general of vsM - will remain very weak for some time. The timing is too uncertain to decide to invest in this at the moment, except in China where - noted Mr. follow the party's instructions."

"The market will recover from and the new emission requirements of ships will open up great opportunities for a leading maritime industry Technological. But first -- he cautioned -- it is important to overcome time of insufficient demand. In addition, our companies they have to be able to win the competition against many others shipyards, also desperate for new jobs.'

Emphasizing that shipbuilding companies and trade unions are agree that Germany wants germany to have a maritime industry leader, the chief executive of VSM noted that nothing would be more damaging to this goal of introducing additional charges or additional restrictive rules.

"In the shipbuilding sector," added Mr. - wages are very good and inflation remains low. In the context the latest series of collective bargaining for the package of measures for the coronavirus crisis, the social partners in the North demonstrated understanding of the situation in our industry. Is It is important to start from this.'

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