Negotiations were to begin again June 27 between the IG Metall automotive engineering union and German employers. The two sides met on June 26 for exploratory talks, reports Reuters, but did not reach an accord in the 4-week-old strike. IG Metall wants to reduce the workweek for engineers in the East from 38 to 35 hours, arguing workers in western Germany already work a shorter workweek. However, employers say the West’s higher productivity is the reason behind the reduced hours. The ...

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