Mischo emphasises the importance of negotation between the Independent Luxembourg Trade Union Confederation (OGBL)and Ampacet in Dudelange.

On Wednesday, Minister of Labour Georges Mischo presented the labour chapter of the coalition agreement between the Christian Social People's Party (CSV) and the Democratic Party (DP) to the responsible parliamentary committee. However, his arrival was met with approximately 30 demonstrators from the Independent Luxembourg Trade Union Confederation (OGBL) staging a protest picket regarding the ongoing situation at Ampacet in Dudelange.

The protest aimed to express solidarity with the workforce currently on strike since 27 November. The trade union alleges that Ampacet's management exploited the conciliation procedure to unilaterally terminate the collective agreement, despite the company reporting substantial profits. In contrast, the management refutes these claims, asserting attempts to reach an agreement with the trade union.

Following a brief exchange with the demonstrators, Mischo underscored the government's commitment to fostering direct dialogue between social partners as the initial step. He stated, "We respect, or I respect, collective bargaining, of course. But yesterday I also responded to the letter from the OGBL together with Lex Delles, the Minister of the Economy, and we said that we are calling on both OGBL and Ampacet to return to the negotiating table. If that doesn't work out, then we will organise two separate meetings, one with Ampacet and one with the OGBL."


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Mischo clarified the limitations of his role noting, "as Minister of Labour, I can't play mediator or conciliator or facilitator. That is not provided for in labour law. And what's more, if I did that, like in this case, I wouldn't see the end of it. Then the minister would have to play mediator in all collective labour agreement negotiations from then on out."

He stressed the importance of listening to both sides to form an impartial opinion, emphasising that the truth often lies somewhere in the middle.