The Independent Union of Audi Workers (Sitaudi) in Mexico, which began a strike on January 24, rejected a 7% salary increase and indicated this Saturday that the strike will continue.
This decision was made public by the general secretary of Sitaudi, César Orta, after announcing the results of the voting day on Friday and explaining that 3,778 votes were cast and of these 3,771 were valid.
83.1% voted not to end the strike
“Against not lifting the strike, they issued 3 thousand 139 votesit is 83.1%,” Orta told the media, which indicates that within the strike “there is unity and this reflects class solidarity among the workers.”
The conflict, which affects the production of more than 700 vehicles per day, occurs because the company only offered a 6.5% salary increasebelow the 15.5% requested by employees, although the last offer was 7%.
Orta assured that the company has no reason to retaliate against his organization for rejecting the salary increase proposal.
“It shouldn’t be because it was a vote and if there was one, at the time we will have to complain to the company in Mexico and Germany.
“There should be no retaliation, I think we should be a role model, an example to follow,” Orta considered.
He said that the workers will be resisting “for as long as necessary, we hope it is not too long and that there will soon be talks and a new agreement so that the workers can vote on it.”
“Union is open to continue negotiating”
The leader called Audi México “to invite them to sit down again at the negotiating table on the date, time and place they wish. The union is open to continuing negotiating, the workers did not want to strike.”
After a week of strike, on February 1, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that “there was little left” for the strike that broke out at the Audi plant in Puebla to be resolved.
“It is being developed through legal channels and they are going to come to an agreement, there were broad, extreme differences, and they have already been moderated both on the side of the company and on the side of the workers, there is little left,” he said. that day the president and recalled that the Ministry of Labor is mediating the conflict.
Audi’s first premium factory in America
The Audi assembly plant is located in the San José Chiapa municipality and is considered the first premium Audi factory in America.
Last Wednesday, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi) reported that automobile production in Mexican plants increased 9.56% year-on-year in January to 307,069 units, maintaining the upward trend in 2023.
The Inegi report highlighted a 74.1% year-on-year drop in production at the Audi plant. (EFE)