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Volkswagen's Brussels workers vote for 38 hour working week

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Workers at the Volkswagen factory in Brussels, Belgium have voted to increase their working hours and other cost cutting measures.

VW said it had to extend the work week from 35 to 38 hours to ensure the plant’s future and the jobs of over 2,000 people.

After the vote union representative Pascal Van Cauwenberge said: “We are here at this factory to highlight that there are 2,200 jobs under threat and we will try to find a solution for their future and for the future of this factory.”

VW said that only if it got cost reductions of 20% would it go ahead with a shift from producing the Golf at the Brussels plant to a new Audi model there from 2009.

Workers at the factory went on strike for seven weeks from November in protest at VW’s plans.

Three-quarters of those who voted supported the increased working hours.