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The United Automobile Workers trade union on Sunday called for a nationwide strike of 48,000 employees at General Motors, the company's first in 12 years, after US labor contract talks stalled.

"We do not take this lightly… This is our last resort," said Terry Dittes, the UAW vice-president in charge of the GM relationship, at a press conference in Detroit, where the headquarters of the carmaker are located. EFE-EPA