German engineering union IG Metall staged short strikes Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 in an effort to get better pay and working hours. The union reportedly has asked workers to down tools at plants owned by Audi AG, BMW AG, Kolbenschmidt Pierberg, Robert Bosch Corp., DaimlerChrysler AG and Siemens AG. IG Metall wants 51,000 members to leave work early Jan. 30 because it is angered over demands to work longer hours, says Reuters. Also, the union is upset over an offer that is less than half the 4% ...

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