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AUDI HUNGARIA STRIKE ENTERS SECOND DAY; WAGE TALKS CONTINUE

 

A strike over higher pay continued at German carmaker Audi’s base in Győr (NW Hungary) for the second day, even as management and union leaders continued to negotiate.
Production at the base has come to a “practical halt” since the strike started at 6:00 in the morning on Thursday, said Tibor Szimacsek, one of the leaders of the Audi Hungaria Independent Union (AHFSZ).
The union is demanding a wage increase of at least 18%, but no less than 75,000 forints a month. They also want the annual threshold for non-wage benefits raised to 787,000 forints from 620,000 forints.
Management last proposed a wage increase on a scale “nearly the same” as an earlier offer to raise wages 20% over two years, union leaders said.
Audi Hungaria employs some 13,000 people at its base in Győr (NW Hungary). AHFSZ counts about 9,000 of those workers among its members.