BERLIN - German industrial union IG Metall said stoppages at firms across Germany would continue on Monday ahead of pay talks with employers this week, with workers targeting a DaimlerChrysler plant in Duesseldorf.
In the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which typically leads pay talks for the rest of Germany, workers at 15 firms were called on to stop work on Monday, IG Metall said.
Some 5,000 workers from Audi and parts maker Kolbenschmidt Pierburg were planning a demonstration in the town of Neckarsulm north of Stuttgart.
Talks between employers and the union, which represents 3.5 million workers in the engineering and manufacturing sector, have repeatedly stalled in the last month. Stoppages are a typical feature of German wage rounds and usually last no more than a few hours.
Several rounds of talks are scheduled across Germany for the coming weeks, but the union says it will hold a ballot to stage an all-out strike if there is no deal by the end of February.
The campaign of brief walkouts started at the end of last month when IG Metall rejected an employer offer for two 1.2 percent rises over 27 months.
IG Metall wants a 4 percent pay rise over 12 months and it is rejecting employer demands for changes to rules on working hours to make them more flexible. The union says it is up to employers to break the talks deadlock with a new offer.
Employers say a higher offer and no changes to working hours would costs jobs and aggravate the problem of stubbornly high unemployment in Germany.