German engineering union IG Metall has rejected a bid by the Gesamtmetall employers group to prevent a strike by having independent mediators arbitrate a pay raise dispute. IG Metall is preparing a strike ballot for some 200,000 union members in 1,007 companies and says a strike could start in Germany May 6 after ballots are counted in the states of Berlin and Brandenburg and the Baden-Wuerttemberg region, home to DaimlerChrysler AG. It says employers must improve on their offer of a 3.3% ...

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