News : ACL Workers Go On Strike
Dec 16, 2014 -- As announced by the LCGB and OBGL labour unions, workers at Luxembourg's automobile club ACL went on strike on Tuesday morning, with police having to intervene after they blocked access to the HQ in Bertrange.
Unions confirmed the strike to the "Luxemburger Wort" on Monday evening, criticising ACL management for their conduct during recent collective working agreement talks.
Unions and the ACL have been negotiating for around two years, but even a recent meeting with an arbitrator did not yield any results. Unions have demanded a 1 percent pay rise per year, which management has refused.
The ACL on Tuesday said that they had not been aware of the strike until late on Monday, claiming that even staff representatives at the company had not been informed.
Some 30 to 40 people gathered outside the ACL building in Bertrange on Tuesday morning, starting at 6am. However, only around ten of them are thought to have been ACL employees.
Tow service and call centre employees appeared to constitute the majority of striking workers, with the entrance to the building blocked by a tow truck for around an hour, until police intervened, saying that strikers had no right to access company property for their strike.
The ACL's services should not be impacted by the strike, director Jean-Claude Juckem said, with partner companies available for towing.
The duration of the strike was not known on Tuesday morning. According to Jean-Paul Baudot of the LCGB there has not been a new offer, while conceding that strike action could make talks even more difficult.
The ACL counts around 150 employees, with around 100 working for ACL Services SA, which runs the breakdown service. The company's second branch ACL asbl, responsible for the club's other activities, does not have a collective working agreement for its employees.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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