BERLIN -- German industrial union IG Metall said it would stage more stoppages across Germany on Friday, targeting blue-chip firms including Siemens to back a four percent pay rise claim ahead of talks with employers next week.
IG Metall said 260,000 workers had taken part in the campaign of brief walkouts over the last week and stoppages would intensify after pay talks stalled on Thursday, when employers declined to increase an offer of two 1.2 percent rises over 27 months.
In the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which typically leads pay talks for the rest of Germany, IG Metall called on workers at 99 firms to walk out, including Siemens.
The Bavarian arm of IG Metall called on 23,000 workers to down tools, but it did not say which firms would be hit. BMW was targeted on Thursday.
IG Metall, which represents 3.5 million workers in the engineering and manufacturing sector, wants four percent over 12 months and it is rejecting employer demands for changes to rules on working hours to make them more flexible.
The union said the short stoppages, a typical feature of German pay rounds, would also take place in Hesse, Thuringia, Saarland, the city state Bremen and in North Rhine-Westphalia, home to the industrial Ruhr region.