FRANKFURT -- Workers at Volkswagen AG plan to seek a 4 percent pay rise and job guarantees in contract talks with Europe's biggest carmaker next month, a spokeswoman for the IG Metall union said on Monday.
She also rejected media reports that the metalworkers union was at odds with counterparts on the German company's works council over strategy in the closely watched negotiations that start on Sept. 15.
"We are pulling in the same direction," spokeswoman Marita Helmerich said.
VW works council head Klaus Volkert has said that job security was more of a priority than getting 1.5 percent more pay.
VW's works council declined to comment on the matter beyond Volkert's statement.
More than 100,000 workers are covered by the contract with Volkswagen, which had to chop its 2004 earnings outlook last month after weak first-half earnings.
It aims to save more than 1 billion euros ($1.23 billion) in costs this year as it battles a sluggish domestic market, the impact of a strong euro and loss-making U.S. operations.
IG Metall's local chapter in Lower Saxony said it was coordinating policy with the works council, with any differences "at most in where to place the emphasis", a spokesman said.
VW wants the wage talks to agree on more flexible working rules for its six plants in western Germany, laying the groundwork for its mid-term goal of cutting labor costs by 30 percent.
Workers at rival DaimlerChrysler agreed last month to accept a pay deal that will save the company 500 million euros a year in return for guaranteeing 160,000 German jobs to 2012.