East Germany faces engineering strike as talks fail

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BERLIN, May 20 (Reuters) - Germany faced a strike by engineering workers in its economically depressed east on Tuesday as talks on shortening the working week there failed. Engineering union IG Metall, which represents 310,000 eastern workers in carmaking and other sectors, said it would propose a strike ballot. A strike could start in early June. IG Metall is demanding a cut in weekly working hours to 35 from the current 38, to bring the region into line with western Germany where ...

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