On Friday, the fate of the strike at Audi in Puebla will be decided as more than 4,000 workers will vote on the company’s proposal for a global 7 percent increase. This will determine whether they will raise the red and black flags they put up two weeks ago. Consultations will be held today from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Cultural Complex of the BUAP University.
In a statement to workers at the San Jose Chiapas assembly plant, Audi is seeking to end the strike with a promise to extend temporary worker contracts to 12 months. However, Cesar Orta Briones, head of the independent union of Audi Mexico workers (Citaudi), clarified that this point is not determined by any clause, so if the company does not comply, it will not be possible to ask for such an offer.
If a majority of workers rejects the new proposal, the parties must renegotiate the agreement until workers approve it. The union’s demand is a total of 15 percent, which includes 10 percent for wages and 5 percent for benefits. If approved by a simple majority, Audi promises retroactive payment until January 1 with a new salary increase as well as securing work in three shifts and 1,300 workers that the company itself tried to disappear in previous negotiations. He added that if the increase is not accepted, the strike will continue as well as desks affecting economy and state industry