UPDATE 1-Austrian metal trade workers get 3.2 pct pay rise
* Skilled trades sector workers get 3.2 pct pay rise
* Accord takes effect from start of 2013
* Separate talks under way with big metal groups (Adds details and background)
VIENNA, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Nearly 200,000 Austrian metal trade workers will get pay rises of at least 3.2 percent next year under a wage accord, employers said on Tuesday.
The agreement negotiated on behalf of around 38,000 companies - mostly in skilled trades with five to 10 staff - boosts the minimum wage by 3.4 percent and tops up differentials for tasks such as night shifts by 3 percent, employers said.
The accord does not cover separate negotiations between staff and large metal industry employers such as Voestalpine .
Unlike in previous years, big industrial employers in the sector have split into six groups to conduct negotiations.
Talks in the first group failed to reach a deal last week and are due to resume on Oct. 18. The other five groups start negotiations in mid-October.
Workers have been seeking pay increases of around 5 percent in Austria, which has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union at 4.5 percent, compared with the EU average of 11.4 percent - a record high. (Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Greg Mahlich and David Holmes)
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