(Reuters) – Negotiations continued between the United Auto Workers union and three companies in the American city of Detroit on Monday, as the workers’ strike over low wages continued for a fourth day, with little sign of progress towards reaching an agreement.
Union representatives held negotiations with General Motors (NYSE:), Ford, and Stellantis early this week in an attempt to end one of the largest labor strikes in the United States in decades.
The union held talks with Stellantis representatives on Monday without reaching an agreement, and is scheduled to begin a new round of talks with Ford (NYSE:) representatives later.
This is the first time that the union has organized a strike against the three automakers simultaneously.
About 12,700 workers who are members of the union are still continuing their strike, which targets three car assembly plants belonging to General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis, after the expiration of previous employment contracts at the end of last Thursday.
The three companies proposed a 20 percent wage increase over four and a half years, which represents half of the increase demanded by the union until 2027.
In addition to increasing wages, the union is demanding a reduction in working days per week, the restoration of defined-interest pensions, and increased job security as companies shift to electric cars.
(Prepared by Muhammad Attia for the Arabic Bulletin – Edited by Ali Khafaji)
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