FRANKFURT: Thousands of workers in the German metals and electrical industries staged walkouts across the country on Friday after labour union IG Metall rejected a wage offer for 3.8 million employees. IG Metall union turned down an offer from employers for a wage rise of 2.1 per cent, saying it fell too far short of its demand for a five per cent rise. “The 2.1 per cent over 24 months still keep workers on a restricted diet in favour of profits. Economic growth is ignored,” said Knut Giesler, a leader at IG Metall in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. — Reuters