MIL-OSI Translation: Furniture chain IKEA refuses digitization collective agreement

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Source: Verdi – United Service Union June 30th, 2022 – IKEA is modernizing at a fast pace, but the Swedish furniture store chain refuses to conclude a digitization collective agreement with ver.di for the employees. More than 300 works councils from the 54 German IKEA branches symbolically tore down the company management’s blockade wall on June 29 in Düsseldorf. The works councils were on the occasion of a nationwide conference of interest groups in Düsseldorf. “The campaign was a complete success,” said ver.di negotiator Maren Ulbrich. “Now it is important to remain active and to put pressure on to actually break through the blockade of the IKEA management and to conclude a digitization collective agreement.”

At IKEA, furniture stores and internal processes are currently being restructured and modernized at a rapid pace. So far, however, the Swedish furniture store chain has refused to negotiate with ver.di on collective agreements for working conditions in the company’s digitization process. ver.di supports the attempt to adapt the company to the current challenges, but that should not happen on the back of and without the participation of the employees, said Maren Ulbrich. “The colleagues make up the success of the IKEA company. Therefore, they have the right to a collective agreement that ensures good and healthy working conditions in the process of digitization,” said the trade unionist. Digitization collective agreements would offer a secure and legally enforceable basis for modernization processes that should not be at the expense of the health of the employees. “Colleagues generally know their companies better than highly paid managers. That’s why IKEA should rely on the skills of its employees in its own interest.”

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