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Workers at Korean tyre maker Hankook’s plant in Dunaújváros, in central Hungary, started a strike over remuneration at 2:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday, unions association VDSZ said. Tamás Székely, the head of VDSZ, told MTI that more than 80% of workers support the strike and plan to join it.

VDSZ said Hankook Tire Hungary’s management had flatly rejected their demands. VDSZ also complained the company had suggested a strike could jeopardise workers’ annual bonuses.

VDSZ entered talks with management demanding an 18% increase in base pay, an annual bonus equivalent to a full month’s pay and a 5% premium for workers on an uninterrupted schedule. After workers staged a two-hour warning strike a week earlier, Hankook Tire Hungary announced a 13.6% pay rise, with retroactive effect from January 1. Székely noted that the wage raise was performance-based which meant long-time employees at the company would get 10% more pay while new hires would get 20% more.

Hankook employs over 3,300 people in Hungary.