Pay increase talks between German engineering union IG Metall and German employers broke down April 19 after 14 hours, increasing the likelihood of a full-fledged strike among union members in the country. IG Metall says it will ask its members to vote on a strike, which would be the first for the union in seven years. IG Metall is demanding a 6.5% wage increase, but employers have offered only a 3.8% hike.

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