NEW YORK — The German Employer’s Federation, a retail workers’ union, launched a two-day strike at several dozen Wal-Mart stores in that country on Friday and Saturday, hoping that the strike would get the U.S.-based giant to join the country’s regional wage bargaining system.

A spokeswoman from Wal-Mart Germany GmbH & Co., said in a statement, "We do not understand why the union has taken this action. Wal-Mart is not a member of the employers’ associations involved in the wage negotiations, which means that no pressure is exerted on the current negotiations by strikes at our stores."

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