ADVERTISEMENT

Audi Hungaria union starts week-long strike

Deals

The Audi Hungaria Independent Trade Union (AHFSZ) on Wednesday called a week-long strike over wages starting from 6 a.m. on Thursday, following on from a warning strike last week, state news wire MTI reported.

Audis at the companyʼs Győr plant.

Talks with management will continue during the strike, and if an acceptable offer is made the strike will end, said AHFSZ Chairman Sándor Németh.

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, up from HUF 620,000.

The AHFSZ warning strike last Friday lasted for two hours, after rejection of the managementʼs offer. According to the unionʼs leaders, more than 4,000 workers participated in the warning strike.

Since then, the management has proposed a wage increase on a scale "nearly the same" as an earlier offer to raise wages 20% over two years. The new offer was complemented by other elements, but union negotiators still rejected it.

Audi Hungaria employs some 13,000 people at its base in Győr (some 121 km northwest of Budapest). AHFSZ counts about 9,000 of those workers among its members.

Audi Hungariaʼs communications department said the company acknowledged the fact of the strike and was preparing for possible consequences when asked for comment by MTI on Wednesday.

Update: Near shutdown at Győr plant

Once the strike began on Thursday morning, engine and vehicle production at the base in Győr were "practically 100% shut down," MTI cited György Csalogány, deputy head of AHFSZ, as saying.

Workers participating in the strike will meet at several locations in the plant during the day. In the meantime, they will wait in "team rooms," MTI reported.

Audi Hungariaʼs communications department confirmed later on Thursday that wage negotiations were ongoing, in spite of the strike, responding to a query from MTI. The management is continuing to work hard on reaching a wage agreement that is acceptable to both sides, the department said.

Poland Inflation Unrevised in June Figures

Poland Inflation Unrevised in June

AgMin Outlines Agricultural Priorities of Hungarian EU Presi... EU

AgMin Outlines Agricultural Priorities of Hungarian EU Presi...

50% of Ransomware Victims Saved by Backups Innovation

50% of Ransomware Victims Saved by Backups

Hungary Could Boost Guest Nights to 50 mln by 2030 Tourism

Hungary Could Boost Guest Nights to 50 mln by 2030

SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL

Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.