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UPDATE 1-Austrian metal trade workers get 3.2 pct pay rise

* Skilled trades sector workers get 3.2 pct pay rise

* Accord takes effect from start of 2013

* Separate talks under way with big metal groups

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VIENNA, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Nearly 200,000 Austrian metal trade workers will get pay rises of at least 3.2 percent next year under a wage accord, employers said on Tuesday.

The agreement negotiated on behalf of around 38,000 companies - mostly in skilled trades with five to 10 staff - boosts the minimum wage by 3.4 percent and tops up differentials for tasks such as night shifts by 3 percent, employers said.

The accord does not cover separate negotiations between staff and large metal industry employers such as Voestalpine .

Unlike in previous years, big industrial employers in the sector have split into six groups to conduct negotiations.

Talks in the first group failed to reach a deal last week and are due to resume on Oct. 18. The other five groups start negotiations in mid-October.

Workers have been seeking pay increases of around 5 percent in Austria, which has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union at 4.5 percent, compared with the EU average of 11.4 percent - a record high.

(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Greg Mahlich and David Holmes)

((Michael.Shields@thomsonreuters.com)(+43 1 531 12 258)(Reuters Messaging: michael.shields.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: AUSTRIA LABOUR/