Brazil Auto Parts Workers May Strike for Pay Increase Next Week

Brazilian auto-parts industry workers said they may strike next week to back demands for a pay increase similar to the 10 percent awarded to carmaker employees.

About 70,000 members of the auto-parts workers’ union in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area, where Ford Motor Co. (F), General Motors Co. (GM) and Volkswagen AG (VOW) have factories, may stop work as soon as Sept. 20, the union said in an e-mailed statement.

“We demand an agreement equal to the one reached by workers at the car manufacturers,” union leader Sergio Nobre said in the statement.

Another auto-parts workers union in Sao Jose dos Campos, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Sao Paulo, said it may take similar action. GM also has a plant in Sao Jose dos Campos.

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