At the department store chain, a social conflict about the high workload has been lurking for a long time. There were already actions at Lidl this spring: for example, a number of distribution centers were blocked. The socialist union also points to high levels of absenteeism and staff turnover, “indicating a deep malaise in the workforce”.
Earlier this week, a reconciliation meeting was held between unions and management, but without result. Some of the staff’s demands were not met. For example, the unions asked for a measurement of the tasks of the staff over a sufficiently long period, but the management only wanted to do this measurement for one week in a limited number of branches, says the BBTK.
The management would like to abolish the introduced reinforcement of 42 hours per week per store from February next year. The reinforcement of a so-called “flying team” is also insufficient, according to the union.