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Workers of Russian carmaker giant plan rally against job cuts, low salaries

December 11, 2014, 21:33 UTC+3 SAMARA
An application for a rally on December 14, estimated at up to 1,000 people, has been submitted to Togliatti’s Mayoral Office
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SAMARA, December 11. /TASS/. Workers of Russia’s AVTOVAZ car manufacturer based in Togliatti, the Samara region, plan a rally to protest against job cuts and low salaries, the chairman of the Edinstvo (Unity) independent trade union told Tass on Thursday.

An application for a rally on December 14, estimated at up to 1,000 people, has been submitted to Togliatti’s Mayoral Office. “If the AVTOVAZ leadership does not agree to negotiations after the December 14 meeting, we will possibly opt for a strike,” said Pyotr Zolotaryov.

The trade union has already urged the carmaker’s leadership to discuss the situation, but talks have failed to take place as of yet. An average salary as of the end of October was about 28,000 roubles (about $500 at the current exchange rate).

Addressing 6,000 workers of the car concern at the end of October, AVTOVAZ president Bo Andersson explained the situation, saying a salary system would replace the tariff system in car assembly works from January 2015, and a system of bonuses would be improved for the workers.

The carmaker’s budget for 2015 earmarks $36.5 million for social needs.

Earlier reports said there would be about 53,000 workers at the plant by the end of 2014 against 65,800 people last year. The number of foreign employees has also been cut from 11 to four.

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