The management of ZAO Ford Motor Company has refused to hike the wages of workers at its plant in the city of Vsevolozhsk by 30% but the trade union has agreed to cancel its strike, Alexei Etmanov, head of the company’s trade union said, according to Prime-Tass.

Management has agreed to satisfy other worker demands and, with the trade union, will set up a conciliatory commission, which will work until the end of next week.

Management has agreed to introduce joint management of the plant’s social security fund, and to change the system of paying wages and benefits. In return, the workers agreed to postpone their strike until the end of the work on the commission.

But workers have refused to do overtime next Saturday. Management earlier introduced an extra shift for workers on Saturdays which he union wants abandoned. Analysts say if the extra shift is cancelled, the plant will not assemble 700 extra cars this year.

The union demanded a wage rise in a letter to the management of ZAO Ford Motor Company in late September and workers decided they would strike from October 8 if demands were not met within three working days.

The workers threatened to stop the assembly line for three hours a day.

Employees currently earn from 10,000 to 17,000 rubles per month and up to 20,000 rubles per month if they work extra hours. Of 1,700 employees of the plant, 1,000 are union members, Prime-Tass said.