Workers at the Brazilian subsidiary of German automaker Volkswagen have gone on strike to protest the dismissal of 800 workers.
The metalworkers union in the São Paulo suburb of São Bernardo Do Campo says the strike affects all of Volkswagen’s 13,000 workers. It said Tuesday they will remain on strike until the 800 are rehired.
Volkswagen said in a statement the strike brought the company’s assembly line to a standstill. It would not reveal the number of cars produced each day at the plant
The company said the negative market scenario justified the dismissals.
Sales in 2014 were 7 percent less than in 2013, exports were down 40 percent and output was 15 percent less.