CANBERRA – Manufacturers are warning they will go straight to court if the metal workers union calls illegal strikes as part of its campaign for a new contract. The Australian Mfg. Workers Union plans mass membership meetings over the next few weeks as it seeks backing for new contract demands calling for a 6%-per-year wage increase, shorter working week and more vacation time. About 1,100 contracts expire over the next six months, and Australia's A$17 billion ($10 billion) auto industry ...

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