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German industrial workers stage strikes in pay dispute

Reuters  |  DUESSELDORF, Germany 

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - German industrial workers staged strikes at metals and engineering firms on Monday in support of wage claims by union IG Metall, which announced a further wave of walkouts for Tuesday.With the economy in robust health and unemployment at record lows, the country's biggest union is demanding an inflation-busting 6 percent pay hike this year for about 3.9 million workers, as well as a shorter working week.Ahead of regional negotiations due to begin on Thursday, employers have so far offered 2 percent plus a one-off 200 euro ($240) payment in the first quarter.On ...

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 21:05 IST