German metal union says strike call response good

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BERLIN, May 22 (Reuters) - German engineering union IG Metall said on Thursday steel workers in the poorer eastern part of the country were responding favourably to a strike ballot called following a dispute over shortening working hours. "The participation rate is very high," an IG Metall spokeswoman in Berlin said. The union has called a three-day ballot to decide on a strike to back its demand for a cut in weekly working hours to 35 from the current 38, to bring the region into line ...

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