Wage negotiations are ongoing between Audi Hungaria and the independent trade union AHFSZ despite a week-long strike that started at 6am on Thursday, the company’s communications department said. The management’s aim is to find a wage agreement acceptable to both sides as soon as possible, the statement added. The trade union said on Wednesday afternoon that a strike would be announced affecting the entire area of Audi’s plant in Győr, in north-west Hungary, from 6am on Jan. 24 to 6am on Jan. 31.
AHFSZ deputy head György Csalogány said on Thursday morning that engine and vehicle production at the base in Győr were “practically 100% shut down”. The strike committee was set up on Jan. 14 and a two-hour warning strike was held with the participation of over 4,000 employees on Jan. 18.
AHFSZ has 9,000 members and the Audi plant in Győr employs 13,000 people. The union is demanding a wage increase of at least 18%, but no less than 75,000 forints (EUR 235) 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.