Car parts workers vote to end strike

A possible supply crisis for some of Australia's largest car markers has been averted, after workers at a small car parts factory in Melbourne's south-east voted to end a five-day strike.

More than 100 employees at the DAIR factory at Dandenong South had been striking over a dispute about redundancy payments.

Both Holden and Ford factories in Melbourne and Adelaide rely on DAIR products and there were fears the strike could cause supply problems.

On Sunday night, DAIR workers voted to accept a new negotiated agreement, and will return to work on Monday.

Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union assistant secretary Leigh Diehm says members are happy with the outcome.

"The company has been adamant for basically the whole negotiations that the redundancy would have a cap on it at 52 weeks," he said.

"What we've been able to negotiate is a cap of 104 weeks, so that will cover off on the vast majority of redundancy entitlements over the course of the three years of this agreement." Mr Diehm says it is sad negotiations ended up resulting in a picket line.

"We say they shouldn't result in that, but obviously when our members are still fighting for their entitlements, still fighting for job security, our members are quite prepared to have to go down this path from time to time to achieve what they want to achieve," he said.

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