Deutsche Telekom may take legal steps in event of strike

26 Apr 2007

German incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom is not ruling out the possibility of taking legal recourse if its employees go on strike over plans to outsource 50,000 jobs, extend working hours and reduce wages, chief financial officer Karl-Gerhard Eick told German TV station ZDF. DT is currently in a fifth round of talks with union Ver.di over the proposals, and the union is considering strike action if the discussions fail.

‘A strike does not solve problems and will not create jobs,’ said Eick, adding that if the company can push through longer working hours and less pay, it could create ’several thousand jobs without much effort.’ Talks were adjourned last night and will resume today.

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