(Adds firms confirm stoppages, paragraph 3, economist, 12-13) By Katie Allen BERLIN, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Germany's largest industrial union, IG Metall, staged short strikes across the country on Friday and called on 51,000 workers to leave work early in a mass walkout to pressure employers over pay and working hours. IG Metall said short stoppages on Thursday had been stepped up to whole-day walkouts at some firms on Friday and that tens of thousands of engineering workers had downed ...
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