German engineering union IG Metall will start "warning strikes" at DaimlerChrylser, Porsche and Bosch plants in southwestern Germany, beginning March 1. Such token job actions by German unions are often used as a bargaining lever with companies before launching full-blown strikes.

IG Metall is currently in negotiations with employers, calling for a 5-percent wage increase that has so far been rejected by the companies involved. IG Metall represents some 3.4 million workers.

Labor unrest is building in Germany, which is in the midst of a massive public sector strike in protest of a proposal by German states to increase the work week from 38.5 hours to 40 hours.

[Source: Automotive News]


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