Mercedes Hungary commits to reaching wage deal

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The management of Mercedes-Benz Hungary aims to reach an agreement with all workersʼ unions and representative organizations in connection with pay raises, according to a statement sent to the Budapest Business Journal today, in reaction to reports Wednesday that the Kecskemét-based Mercedes-Benz factory could be shaken by a strike.

“Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Kft., trade union VASAS Szakszervezeti Szövetség MBMH VASAS Alapszervezete and workersʼ union Mérnökök és Technikusok Szabad Szakszervezete (MTSZSZ) have carried out intensive negotiations on raising wages,” the announcement says. The management of the Hungarian factory has aimed to reach an agreement with all the representative organizations, the statement stresses. 

“MTSZSZ and the Mercedes-Benz factory have been able to agree on a multi-step wage rise program, more beneficial compared to earlier ones, for the next two years,” the press statement notes, adding that VASAS has not signed this agreement, and has asked for further negotiations.

Mercedes told the BBJ that currently no further information has been made public in connection with the matter.

According to Hungarian media reports yesterday, the Metalworkers’ Trade Union (VASAS) continues to demand a 15% wage rise, claiming they cannot accept a freezing of wage hikes for two years. Reports also raised the possibility of a strike at the factory.

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