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Austrian metal workers get 3.2 pct pay rise

VIENNA, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Nearly 200,000 employees inAustria's metalworking industries will get pay rises of at least3.2 percent next year under a new wage accord, employers said onTuesday.

The collective bargaining agreement negotiated on behalf ofaround 38,000 companies boosts the sector's minimum wage by 3.4percent and tops up differentials for things like night shiftsby 3 percent, employers' representatives said in a statement.

Workers had been seeking a pay increase of 5 percent.

(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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