September 1, 2016 / 12:37 PM / a year ago

IG Metall urges VW to talk to United Auto Workers over plant representation

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The head of Germany’s powerful IG Metall union, Joerg Hofmann, on Thursday demanded that Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) seeks talks with the United Auto Workers union (UAW) over a dispute about how to represent some workers at VW’s Tennessee plant.

“IG Metall-chief Hofmann is calling for VW to no longer act contrary to American labor law, and to seek talks with UAW without delay,” IG Metall said in a statement.

    Volkswagen was not immediately available for comment.

    In April, the United States National Labor Relations board filed a complaint against Volkswagen for its failure to negotiate with a set of employees at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee who had voted to be represented by the UAW.

    Reporting by Jan Schwartz; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Christoph Steitz

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