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Strike ballot

First Edition

East German engineering and steel workers began voting in a strike ballot Monday as Chancellor Helmut Kohl warned them that thousands of jobs and the recovery of their crippled region were at stake AFP reports from Berlin.

Officials of the union IG Metall said first indicators pointed to a big "yes" vote among the 40,000 engineering workers called to vote in the states of Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and among the 20,000 steelworkers across the region.