Volkswagen AG’s Puebla, Mexico, plant avoids a strike as union members approve a 5.25% wage hike. The 9,800 hourly workers were demanding a 13.6% pay raise. But the average earnings increase for most Mexican unions is 5%-7%. (See related story: VW Mexico Workers Threaten Strike) Workers at the Puebla plant went on strike in 2000 and 2001, but VW avoided a walkout last year after increasing wages 5.5%.

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