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MARCHING ON: More than 8,000 German construction workers staged their first major strike in more than 50 years after demands for higher wages were rejected. The IG BAU union has called for a 4.5 per cent pay increase for the sector's 850,000 workers and snubbed a 3 per cent offer from employers. This week's action comes after workers in the electrical, engineering and metalworking sectors secured a 4 per cent wage hike by staging a series of mass walkouts earlier this month.

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