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Germany’s IG Metall Says Wage Round Failed, Mulling Strike

Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) -- IG Metall, Germany’s largest labor union, said a second round of talks on wage increases in the iron and steel industries in three German states ended without a result.

The union will review the negotiations at a meeting on Sept. 20, when it will also decide whether to start short “warning” strikes, it said in an e-mailed statement today.

“It seems that good arguments and clear facts aren’t enough for employers,” Oliver Burkhard, IG Metall’s regional leader in North Rhine-Westphalia, said in the statement. “There were no real signs of goodwill today.”

IG Metall is pressing for a 6 percent wage increase for 85,000 workers in the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen, saying it wants fair wage increases for workers as the economy recovers.

A third round of talks is set for Sept. 29, the union said.

-- Editor: Alan Crawford

To contact the reporter on this story: Karin Matussek in Berlin at kmatussek@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@Bloomberg.net.

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