BERLIN Germany's IG Metall union plans more partial walk-outs on Wednesday after about 2,500 workers walked off the job in Berlin, Bavaria and in several other states early on Sunday to back their demand for a 6.5 percent wage increase.
The engineering sector employers have offered a 3-percent pay rise for a period of 14 months for the 3.6 million workers in the sector, which the union has rejected.
The union said it planned token strikes in North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday, targeting a Daimler (DAIGn.DE) plant in Duesseldorf.
Armin Schild, a regional IG Metall leader, called the employers offer "a provocation" for Europe's "strongest sector". He said at one rally outside a plant in Andernach: "This is a rather poisonous mixture that employers are offering up here."
The next round of wage talks are set for May 8 in Baden-Wuerttenberg and May 11 in North Rhwine-Westphalia. Unions have warned they may call full strikes if those talks fail.