German union announces strikes after talks break down

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German union announces strikes after talks break down
FILE -In this Jan. 17, 2018 file photo, Opel employees are walking back to their jobs after they attended a rally in front of the Adam Opel House in Ruesselsheim. The head of Germany's largest industrial workers' union says workers would go on strikes next week after negotiations with employers have broken down. Joerg Hofmann of the IG Metall union said Saturday Jan. 27, 2018 that the union will start 24-hour strikes after members vote on possible walkouts at targeted companies. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP,file)

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany’s largest industrial workers’ union says workers will go on strike next week after negotiations with employers have broken down.

The IG Metall union did not specify which companies the walkouts will target.

Talks over a new labor agreement broke down after employers did not agree to union demands to let workers choose a 28-hour week for up to two years with the right to return to their former hours after that, and the 6-percent pay increase over one year.

So far, job actions have been limited to strikes lasting a few hours.