PUEBLA, Mexico -- Workers at Volkswagen's Puebla plant went on strike Friday, Aug. 18, after they rejected the company's offer of a 4 percent pay raise. About 9,700 union workers at the plant are demanding an 8.5 percent increase.
In a vote Thursday, 54 percent of union members rejected VW's offer.
Two years ago, union workers staged a four-day strike that ended with a 4.5 percent wage increase and improved benefits. A strike in 2001 lasted 18 days.
The Puebla plant operates 24 hours, five days a week. It produces 1,450 vehicles a day, including 350 New Beetles.