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Bavarian Bakers Threaten Oktoberfest With Pretzel Strike

Sale of Oktoberfest Pretzels
A pretzel seller in a beer tent at the Oktoberfest in Munich on Sept. 26, 2012 Peter Kneffel—dpa/Corbis

Munich gastronomy union may strike over wages before famous beer festival

Beer tents at the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest may face a pretzel shortage this year after local bakers threatened to go on strike. Munich’s NGG gastronomy union, which represents nearly 50,000 members of the Bavarian bakers’ guild, is demanding a 6.5% wage increase.

Talks stalled in the past week and the union threatened to strike during the world’s biggest beer festival, which is due to start on Sept. 20. “The offer from the employers is far too low and therefore we have to put more pressure behind our demands,” Walter Linner from the NGG union told NBC News.

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