MUNICH -- BMW and Volkswagen said on Sunday they were preparing to resume production in factories hit by a strike in eastern Germany that is set to end on Monday.
Trade union IG Metall conceded defeat on Saturday in its campaign for shorter hours for engineering workers in the former communist east, saying it would call off strikes that have hurt national car production.
Luxury carmaker BMW, which could not build 11,000 of its 3-series cars at its western German factories of Regensburg, Munich and Dingolfing for lack of parts from strike-hit eastern factories, said it would try to restart work there on Tuesday.
"Presuming that our (east German) supplier ZF Getriebe will fully deliver parts again, we'll start preparations on Monday to resume production," said a spokeswoman for BMW.
"In that case, 3-series cars would start to roll off the assembly line with the early shift on Tuesday."
Europe's largest carmaker Volkswagen, hit directly at its eastern Mosel and Chemnitz factories, said it would try to resume production there on Monday and at its headquarters in Wolfsburg in north-west Germany by Tuesday.
"If the IG Metall board approves an end to the strikes, as expected, the assembly lines in Mosel and Chemnitz could restart on Monday," said a Volkswagen spokesman. "With a day of delay, production in Wolfsburg could resume as well."
Volkswagen said it could not produce 20,000 cars due to the strikes, while its subsidiary Audi said it has not had outages due to the strikes.
Workers at car and steel plants in the former east have been on strike since early June, demanding for 310,000 engineering employees a reduction in the working week by three hours to the 35 hours standard for their western colleagues.