Apparently, Der Wiener Schnitzel Detlef Wetzel doesn’t care too much for America’s Southern Charms (of which there are many) for, if he did, he wouldn’t liken the South to North Korea…would he?
Detlef Wetzel, running unopposed in a late November election to be the head of IG Metall, said companies like VW and industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG (TKAG.DE) against violating the pro-labor pledges made in their home market by setting up shop in the anti-union U.S. South. ThyssenKrupp has a steel plant in Alabama.
“Low wages and union-free areas: That’s not a business model that the IG Metall would support,” he told Reuters in a telephone interview. “If companies – from VW to ThyssenKrupp – entered these (southern U.S.) states in order to be free of unions, meaning to not acknowledge a fundamental pillar of any democracy, then we’re in North Korea. That cannot be accepted.” [Emphasis added.]