Saving German jobs a key issue in VW wage talks

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FRANKFURT, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Employment guarantees will be a key issue in wage talks next month as the IG Metall union tries to get Volkswagen AG , Europe's biggest carmaker, to protect jobs at its western German plants for the long term. Just as DaimlerChrysler in July pledged to keep 160,000 German jobs until 2012, in a deal that cuts costs by 500 million euros ($619 million) a year, VW must secure jobs "for the order of magnitude of 10 years", a top union negotiator said late on ...

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