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Thankfully - it doesn't effect the beloved B5's, which are made in the Motherland. Guess it goes to show that VW's unhappy people aren't just their customers trying to get service sometimes....

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PUEBLA, Mexico (Reuters) - German auto giant Volkswagen AG's plant in Mexico, the only one in the world producing the popular New Beetle, was shut down by striking workers on Wednesday in a pay dispute.

Thousands of union workers walked out on Wednesday morning after earlier rejecting a 4.45 percent salary increase offered by the company.

Nearly 10,000 unionized employees work at the Volkswagen plant in Mexico's central city of Puebla, which produces several models, including the New Beetle that is sold in around 80 countries.

The plant was also the last manufacturing site of the classic ``Love Bug'' Beetle before Volkswagen stopped building the legendary vehicle last year.

As the strike began, chanting workers unfurled a huge red, white and black union banner and hung it on the gate at the main entrance to the factory. Four women dressed in red and black set up a picket line to prevent people from entering.

``What they are giving us is not fair,'' said Juan Castro, a 45-year-old mechanic who has worked here for 23 years and says he earns 220 pesos (about $20) a day.

The last strike at the plant was in 2001 and lasted for 18 days before the two sides finally reached an agreement.

Union leader Jose Luis Rodriguez said negotiations on the latest pay deal would resume on Wednesday afternoon. He said the union's demand of an 8.5 percent wage increase was ``still negotiable'' and he hoped for a quick resolution.

``This is not a strike that suits either side,'' he told reporters. ``We intend to resolve this as soon as possible.''

Volkswagen offered a 4.45 percent wage rise and other benefits that would improve workers' overall package by 5.4 percent. It was rejected by about 60 percent of union members at an early morning meeting.

The plant plans to produce about 235,000 vehicles this year. Its output has slipped in recent years because of a decline in export demand, especially from the United States, and it now produces vehicles just four days a week.

Company spokesman Thomas Karig said the Puebla plant currently produces about 1,300 vehicles per working day, although he declined to estimate the financial impact of the strike.

In the first half of the year, Volkswagen exported about 85,000 vehicles from its Mexican plant, making it the third biggest auto exporter in the country after General Motors Corp. (GM) and DaimlerChrysler AG .
 

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:lol:

This should come out of Piech's fortune.
 

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Wow VW is almost up to pre-Vietnam war era minimum wage there in Mexico - I can't believe these greedy bastards you'd think they would be more grateful - I mean hell their Christmas bonus last year was bread crusts AND clean drinking water for the day.
 

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Sullie said:
Wow VW is almost up to pre-Vietnam war era minimum wage there in Mexico - I can't believe these greedy bastards you'd think they would be more grateful - I mean hell their Christmas bonus last year was bread crusts AND clean drinking water for the day.
Don't speak to quickly. That could be a great wage versus other employers. Plus money goes a lot further down there. At least VW is down there, if they had to pay wages competitive with the US, VW wouldn't be down there and those people would have a $0 paycheck.
 

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Antoddio said:
Sullie said:
Wow VW is almost up to pre-Vietnam war era minimum wage there in Mexico - I can't believe these greedy bastards you'd think they would be more grateful - I mean hell their Christmas bonus last year was bread crusts AND clean drinking water for the day.
Don't speak to quickly. That could be a great wage versus other employers. Plus money goes a lot further down there. At least VW is down there, if they had to pay wages competitive with the US, VW wouldn't be down there and those people would have a $0 paycheck.
Instead, Americans, who the cars are being sold to, have a $0 paycheck.

You know the difference between an anus and an asshole?

I can hug you.
 

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gnosis said:
I was talking about welfare. Just nevermind.
I thought you were talking about the guy in the cubicle next to me! :poke:
 

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Thankfully - it doesn't effect the beloved B5's, which are made in the Motherland...
Maybe your B5 was made in Russia (or Nigeria??), but mine came from Germany! :poke: :lol:

Seriously though, I toured a manufacturing plant in Mexico a few years ago...and my perceptions were that while the workers there may not be as well trained or educated as workers in the U.S., they're not afraid to WORK...and they take pride in that fact! Heck...I've walked the picket line with some American workers who were less industrious than a lot of the people I met in Mexico. Fox's government may not be the best, and Mexico's environmental policies definitely have a lot of room for improvement, but as a people, they're trying to make a better life...just like we in the U.S. have. The cost of living there is less, but not enough to make their salaries compare to those of American (or German) auto workers...so I don't really blame them for trying to get a little bigger piece of the pie, now that they've had a taste of it.
 

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Fahrzeug said:
This is awesome, I hope they shut that piece of crap plant down. Thats 90% of the problem is the quality of the cars coming out that plant.

No more beetles!! :lol:
I don't know where this misinformation comes from ...
New Beetles have the fewest warranty issues of any VW sold - including your "built in the motherland" Passat. (A client works for VW)
I've had fewer issues with my 98 New Beetle TDI in 100K miles than I ever had in the 30K I had my 99 B5 GLX.
Because of that "piece of crap plant", VW is able to make the profit it must in order to engineer new models. Go ahead and build all of those Golfs/Jettas and NB in Europe, all the while selling them at the same price. You'd be out of business almost immediately.
 
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