800 workers at a Daimler plant that builds Sprinter commercial vehicles downed their tools and walked off the job after wage talks collapsed.
After years of wage freezes, workers are looking for a raise.
The workers are part of the powerful Ig Metall trade union, which is seeking an identical raise for its 3.6 million members. More walkouts, affecting a further 100 companies, are also planned. Other unions in less prosperous have achieved favorable pay wages in recent years. German workers in unions, particular the public sector have achieved similar wage increases, which far outweigh the rate of inflation.