Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Talks At Romania Strike Plant


31 March 2008
Bucharest _ A new round of negotiations is held as the strike at Romania’s Renault-owned Dacia car maker enters its second week.

Thousands of workers are demanding higher wages of up to 50% and bonuses.

Talks will be held between the plan’s management and union representatives.

Trade unionists say wages are low given the productivity of the workforce and the profit that each employee generates.

Dacia workers earn around 1,070 lei (€ 286) as basic salary on average a month, before tax. They are demanding a pay rise of 550 lei a month in 2008.

Liviu Ion, a Dacia official, dismissed the demands, saying workers have already been offered 144 lei increase plus bonuses that would increase the average salary by 12%, and the basic wage by 18%.

On Wednesday, the Arges County Court will issue a verdict in the complaint filed by Dacia which says the strike is illegal.

The strike began last Monday with union leader Nicolae Pavelescu claiming, "the strikes kicked off with an 80 percent turnout."

Dacia sold more than 230,000 cars last year in Romania and abroad, a record, as Renault continues to invest about 200 million euros a year in the plant.

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