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GM introduces four-day work week at Hungary plant

US car maker General Motors will introduce a four-day work week at its engine and transmission plant in Hungary because of falling orders, plant spokeswoman Edit Légrádi told MTI on Friday. The temporary reduction in work time will start on January 16, Ms Légrádi said.

GM Powertrain-Magyarország was forced to cut production at the plant and let go a significant number of its contracted laborers in October because of the global recession. Employees are being paid half of their base wage for the production time that was cut under an agreement with the plant's union.

The plant turned out about 392,000 mid-size engines in 2008. The engines went into Opel, Vauxhall and Saab models. For the first time, the plant delivered to China, shipping 18,000 engines. The plant also made almost 200,000 cylinder heads last year. (MTI-Econews)