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The trade unions are demanding a 5.5 percent pay rise for some three million civil servants.German unions have been emboldened this week by news that IG Metall, Germany's biggest trade union, won a thumping 3.4 percent pay increase plus a one-off payment of 150 euros for the 3.7 million engineering workers it represents.Unions argue that the public sector has failed to keep pace with private sector wage rises. The DBB civil servants' union, the GEW teachers' union and the GdP police union said they would also stage token strikes in coming weeks to back their demands.The TdL association of states representing the employers have rejected the pay rise demands, saying they would cost some 6.5 billion euros.
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