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Audi Hungaria union to hold warning strike over wages

The Audi Hungaria Independent Union (AHFSZ) will hold a two-hour warning strike on Friday, the union said after a strike committee rejected managementʼs wage offer on Thursday, state news wire MTI reports.

A worker at the Audi factory in Győr.

The union is demanding a wage increase of at least 18%, but no less than HUF 75,000 a month. They also want the annual threshold for non-wage benefits raised to HUF 787,000 from HUF 620,000.

AHFSZ said a study by economists it commissioned showed wages at other plants of the Volkswagen group in Europe are higher than in Hungary: 28% higher in Slovakia, 25% higher in the Czech Republic and almost 39% higher in Poland.

The last strike at Audi Hungaria - a two-hour warning strike over stalled wage talks - was held two years ago, on January 26, 2017.

Audi Hungaria employs approximately 13,000 people at its base in Győr (some 121 km northwest of Budapest).