SAO PAULO, Brazil -- An indefinite strike will paralyze Volkswagen AG operations in Brazil's industrial Sao Paulo state from Tuesday as workers demand a bigger share of company profits, the auto workers' union said on Monday.
Some 12,400 workers at the Sao Bernardo plant set down tools on Thursday, Sept. 29, and were joined by colleagues at the Sao Carlos engine factory on Monday, Oct. 3. The Taubate plant, with 5,500 workers, will stop from Tuesday.
The union said Sao Bernardo had ceased producing 900 cars per day. Taubate has the same capacity.
Volkswagen has another car plant in southern Brazil and a commercial vehicles unit in Rio de Janeiro state.
Volkswagen representatives said they were in constant negotiations with the unions, but the company has not yet stated its position after the unions rejected its latest profit-sharing offer of 4,200 reais ($2,090). The workers want 5,500 reais.
Last Thursday, Sept. 29, the company raised its offer from 4,200 reais per worker, which is 13.8 percent more than last year.
The Sao Carlos plant produces, among other models, the popular Fox compact car, which is exported to Europe.