Trade Union Of Ford Sollers Plant In Russia's Leningrad Region Ends Strike

Trade Union of Ford Sollers Plant in Russia's Leningrad Region Ends Strike

Workers of the Ford Sollers plant in the town of Vsevolozhsk in Russia's Leningrad Region have finished their strike and accepted the employer's offers, chairman of the plant's trade union Artyom Yashenkov told Sputnik on Thursday.

ST PETERSBURG (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 29th November, 2018) Workers of the Ford Sollers plant in the town of Vsevolozhsk in Russia's Leningrad Region have finished their strike and accepted the employer's offers, chairman of the plant's trade union Artyom Yashenkov told Sputnik on Thursday.

The trade union of the plant declared a strike last week. The management of the plant, however, said that the plant continued operating normally and was in talks with the employees.

"It happened at 5 p.m. [02:00 GMT] yesterday. There was a meeting with the employer, where they made their final offer. Most of the employees said that they agree to such conditions. We signed an agreement and announced the end of the strike," Yashenkov said.

Under the agreement, the employer is obliged to abstain from layoffs until May 31, 2019, provide the staff with voluntary health insurance, honor the rights of donors, as well as of workers suspended on health grounds.

In addition, workers have been offered four-month interest free loans, Yashenkov added.

The trade union went on a strike in light of a number of employer's decisions that were considered by workers to be an infringement on their rights. In particular, according to the trade union, the management of the plant has stripped qualified workers of an extra bonus of 7,000 rubles ($106). In September, the plant endorsed a four-day working week, allegedly planning a temporary shutdown in December, and therefore intending to halve workers' wage for this month from 52,000 rubles to 23,000 rubles.

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