Volkswagen workers in Brussels were voting on Friday about whether to return to work on Monday.

They downed tools on 17 November and have not produced any cars since then. The strike became official on Sunday 3 December 2006.

Last November, Volkswagen announced that it would cease production of the Golf at the plant from 2007 and concentrate production of that model at the Wolfsburg and Zwickau plants. 4,000 of 5,400 jobs in Brussels would be affected by this move. However since then Volkswagen has said it will build the new Audi A1 in Brussels from 2009, as long as employment costs are lowered. This means extending the working week, and introducing a new flexible working system.

In the meantime there have been negotiations on what will happen to workers during the transition period. Unions said in December that Volkswagen had said it would produce some more Polos and some Golfs at the plant during 2007 allowing the plant to continue to employ more than 2,000 people. In 2006 Volkswagen produced around 15,000 Polos and more than 200,000 Golfs in Brussels. According to statements by unions it would produce around 50,000 Polos and 15,000 Golfs next year.

More details are expected to become available on Friday afternoon, after the vote.