Nissan Motor Co. (7201)’s trade union in St. Petersburg, Russia, will open wage talks with management on May 31 and would consider a strike if no agreement is made, said union Chairman Evgeny Pavlovsky.
The union wants an inflation adjustment of 6.1 percent on workers’ salaries and an additional flat increase of 25 percent. The union wants the average monthly salary for an assembly-line worker to rise to 41,000 rubles ($1,273) from 31,500, Pavlovsky said.
Russia’s economy expanded 4.6 percent in the first four months of this year, while the inflation rate stood at 3.6 percent in April. The company has received the union proposals and will address them in talks, scheduled to be held through June 13, Nissan spokeswoman Tatiana Natarova said by phone.
The St. Petersburg factory produces X-Trail and Murano and Teana models for the Russian market. The union was founded at the beginning of 2010, and now 52 members of the plant’s 2,000 workforce, Pavlovsky said.
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