Audi’s Hungarian workers end 1-week strike: Union

Walkouts paralyzed two production plants

Audi’s Hungarian workers end 1-week strike: Union
A part of an electric engine is seen on a production line at the Audi Factory in Gyor, Hungary, in a file photo. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) — Audi workers in Hungary reached a deal on a wage increase on Wednesday, ending a strike that has paralyzed the carmaker’s plant in Gyor, western Hungary, since last Thursday, the AHFSZ trade union said on its Facebook page.

Audi spokeswoman Judit Mithay-Marko confirmed that a deal had been reached.

The strike of thousands of workers led to a halt in production at the German carmaker’s local unit which contributes an estimated 1.4 per cent to Hungary’s gross domestic product.

The strike in Gyor also led to a shutdown at the home plant of Audi, member of the Volkswagen group, in Ingolstadt, Germany, due to a lack of vital components from Hungary just as engines.

Production will be gradually restored from Wednesday evening, Mithay-Marko told Reuters. She declined to immediately estimate the damage caused by strike to the company.

The deal includes an 18 per cent, or minimum 75,000 forint (US$271) per month, wage increase in 2019, the union said.

The Hungarian Audi unit’s $8.3 billion net revenue in 2017 was about 12 per cent of Audi’s global intake, company data shows.

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