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Jan 26, 2017

Hungarian workers at Audi plant strike over pay

Workers are seeking a 45,000 HUF increase in base pay, a loyalty bonus and an increase in other payments in 2017 and 2018

Workers at an Audi engine plant in Hungary have gone on strike for two hours today in a protest over pay.

Hungarian workers set up a strike committee earlier this week to fight for an increase in their wages, as labor shortages in Hungary continue to drive up pay packets.

The AHFSZ union said the strike was conducted by workers at the engine plant, but not those at the car assembly plant in Győr.

The dispute has arisen because wages for skilled workers are well below those in western Europe. The automotive industry has become a key driver of economic growth in Hungary.

The AHFSZ said there could be a compromise reached but Audi has so far failed to take the opinion of the union into consideration.

The union said it wanted a 45,000 HUF increase in base pay, a loyalty bonus and an increase in other payments in 2017 and 2018.