Strike halts Volkswagen output

Volkswagen South African stopped vehicle production at its main plant yesterday and sent home most of its 4000 workers because of a strike over wages by metal workers.

Volkswagen South African stopped vehicle production at its main plant yesterday and sent home most of its 4000 workers because of a strike over wages by metal workers.

Volkswagen said it had shut its Uitenhage plant and sent home most of its production employees as a result of the strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which started on Wednesday.

"This strike action by Numsa at most of our supplier plants is already having a dramatic impact on the local car manufacturing industry and will threaten jobs and export orders in the future," said Volkswagen South Africa human resources director Brian Smith.

Numsa spokesman Mziwakhe Hlangani said more than 50000 workers had downed tools since Wednesday. - Reuters

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