Workers to strike at German AEG plant set for closure

Workers at a German factory of Swedish home-appliances maker AB Electrolux launched a strike today, demanding a better severance package when the factory shuts down late next year.

Some 1,700 early shift workers began striking at the Nuremberg plant, which produces AEG washers and driers. They are hoping to press Electrolux into offering them more money and training when the plant closes.

Electrolux said in December that production costs in Nuremberg were too high and it would close the plant and transfer production of washing machines and driers to Poland and Italy, eliminating 1,750 jobs. It has not yet said what their severance would be, the AP reports.

Electrolux is the world's biggest maker of home appliances and its brands include Eureka, Frigidaire and Zanussi as well as AEG.

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