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One-Day Strike Ends At Russia's Largest Car Factory


http://gdb.rferl.org/FAC91C03-D641-40F7-8495-F2F0C6B1B65F_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/FAC91C03-D641-40F7-8495-F2F0C6B1B65F_mw800_mh600.jpg Workers on strike at the Avtovaz plant (RFE/RL) August 1, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Hundred of workers have ended a one-day strike at Russia's largest car factory, RFE/RL's Russian Service reported.


Factory employees called the strike to demand higher wages. A worker participating in the strike at the AvtoVAZ factory, in the city of Tolyatti, told RFE/RL that workers earn an average monthly salary of $420, while middle managers are paid up to $5,400 per month.


He said a trade-union official backing the strike was detained by police on July 31.


Avtovaz has accused "certain political forces" of being behind the strike, which has been met with a heavy security presence at the factory.


(with material from agency reports)

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