SINDELFINGEN, Germany -- The IG Metall union and Germany's industrial employers failed to agree in a fourth round of talks over a pay and hiring dispute that has disrupted carmakers including Opel, Daimler, Audi and Porsche.
"No progress has been made, as the employers association did not bring any new offer" Joerg Hofmann, head of IG Metall in the carmaking state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, said at a press conference in Sindelfingen, Germany, after the talks with Suedwestmetall, the manufacturers' association in the region.
The southwestern German state is home to companies such as Daimler, Porsche and Robert Bosch, and is the union's benchmark region for contracts nationwide.
IG Metall is demanding a 6.5 percent wage increase for its 3.6 million members, more say over temporary employment and guarantees of permanent contracts for people completing apprenticeships. Suedwestmetall is offering a 3 percent raise for the 800,000 people employed in electronics and metalworking in the state.
Since April 30, more than 420,000 workers across Germany have participated in so-called warning strikes, which last for limited periods, according to IG Metall.
Daimler, Audi and Porsche were among companies targeted by the union for warning strikes. On Wednesday, Opel employees at Ruesselsheim downed tools for two hours as part of countrywide strikes.
Further talks between the two parties are scheduled to begin next Tuesday.
Bloomberg and Reuters contributed to this story