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Workers at Belgium's Volkswagen plant approve restructuring plan

Workers at Belgium's Volkswagen plant approve restructuring plan

Workers at Volkswagen AG's Belgian plant on Tuesday approved a restructuring plan to work longer hours without extra pay as a necessary move to keep the factory open and guarantee employment.
In all, 76.1 percent of the workforce approved the plan, a move which should keep 2,200 jobs in Brussels as the assembly line switches from Volkswagen cars to Audi vehicles.
Workers had gone on short wildcat strikes over the past weeks to protest the plans.
"There was no other way," socialist union spokesman Hedwin De Clercq told VRT network.
The German carmaker said earlier this month it would keep its only Belgian plant open if unions agreed to work a 38-hour week, instead of the current 35 hours. The company said this would keep the plant competitive and cut its wage bill by 20 percent.
Workers had been angry over what they say is a lack of information or commitments by management on job security and have staged several strikes after Volkswagen announced last year it was shifting its Golf assembly to two German factories.


Updated : 2021-10-24 23:56 GMT+08:00