Battle lines drawn ahead of Volkswagen wage talks


FRANKFURT, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The head of Germany's IG Metall union held out an olive branch to Volkswagen AG management ahead of wage talks next month, but a big gap remains between both sides' hard-line positions. The metalworkers' union and the works council at Europe's largest automaker have demanded a 4-percent pay rise and job guarantees for the 103,000 staff in VW's six western German plants covered by the in-house contract. A company source told Reuters on Saturday that VW would ...

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