German union calls for 8% wage increase for industrial workers | app

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s largest industrial union said on Monday it would demand an 8% pay rise for millions of industrial workers in upcoming wage talks, a demand just above the rate the country’s current inflation rate.

The demand from the IG Metall union comes as Chancellor Olaf Scholz seeks to find ways with unions and employers to deal with the impact of rising prices while preventing an inflationary spiral. Germany has the largest economy in Europe.

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