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Audi workers in Hungary to protest wage gap

Workers at Audi AG's plant in Gyor, Hungary, will stage a two-hour warning strike Jan. 18 to protest the wage gap between their salaries and those of Western and regional peers, Reuters reported Jan. 17, citing the workers union.

The Gyor plant, which started operations in 1993, manufactures Audi A3 Limousine, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Audi S3 Limousine, Audi S3 Cabriolet, Audi RS3 Limousine, Audi RS3 Sportback, Audi TT Coupé, Audi TT Roadster, Audi TTS, Audi TTS Coupé and Audi TT RS models.

The Audi Hungaria Independent Union rejected the German carmaker's offer to raise wages by 10% in 2019 and another 10% in 2020 and is instead seeking an immediate 18% salary increase, the report said.

The 7,300-member union believes a 40% wage hike would allow its workers a decent standard of life, according to the report.

Slovakian workers earn on average 28% more than Hungarians, Polish workers earn 39% more and Belgian workers earn 3.6% more, the report said, citing the union.

The Volkswagen AG-owned company reportedly said in a statement that its wages and the raise plan they offered for the Hungarian workers were competitive and outstanding.

As of Dec. 31, 2017, Audi's Gyor plant had 12,307 employees.