The second round of collective bargaining of the German shoe industry, which took place recently in Offenbach near Frankfurt, has not been resolved. Representatives of the German shoe industry claim that the high expectations of the employees' representatives are not realistic. HDS, the federation of the German footwear industry, underlines the difficult economic situation and political instabilities, which make it difficult to comply with the demands of the workers. The trade union IG BCE placed priority on setting up a fund that would give employees working until the age of 67 have the chance to retire earlier. The employers' federation rejected this idea. HDS' most recent offer includes an increase in wages and other compensation of 3 percent. It is not certain yet when exactly the next round of collective bargaining will take place. The first round started on Sept. 29.