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Union workers at the São Bernardo do Campo Volkswagen factory assemble between shifts, Sept 4, 2006. The workers voted to end the week-long stike after VW agreed to suspend plans for job cuts. The union called the strike after VW announced 1,800 layoffs as part of a plan to cut about 6,000 jobs in Brazil. About 12,000 people are employed by VW at the plant, also known as Anchieta, which makes 960 vehicles a day including the Fox and the iconic VW Kombi. The German firm employs 21,000 people in Brazil overall at five plants. (Douglas Engle/Australfoto)
The German firm employs 21,000 people in Brazil overall at five plants. (Douglas Engle/Australfoto)

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