Tuesday, April 15, 2008

European Metalworkers back strike at Renault's Dacia plant in Romania

BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial) - The European Metalworkers Federation expressed solidarity on Thursday with striking workers at Renault SA's Davia unit in Romania, and backed their demands for higher wages, the union told Agence France-Presse.

'The EMF supports the workers. The substantial pay rise they demand is justified,' said Peter Scherrer, head of a federation representing some 72 unions with 6.2 million members.

'We express our solidarity,' he told AFP.

Dacia workers began their action on March 24 in an effort to win a monthly increase of 550 lei (about 148 euros, 231 dollars) to bring the average gross monthly wage to 435 euros, compared to 285 euros currently.

Yesterday, the court in Pitesti in Romania declared the strike to be legal.

Dacia is Romania's leading carmaker. It was bought in 1999 by Renault (other-otc: RNSDY.PK - news - people ), and achieved record sales last year of more than 230,000 vehicles in Romania and for export, a 17.4 percent increase compared to 2006.

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