Thursday, April 10, 2008

Striking workers at Renault's Dacia reject improved pay offer - union

PITESTI (Romania) (Thomson Financial) - Striking workers at Renault SA's Dacia unit in Romania have rejected an improved pay offer from management, union leader Ion Iordache told Agence France-Presse.

Management at Dacia's plant in Pitesti, which produces the low-cost Logan car, said Tuesday they had offered workers an extra 210 lei (57.23 euros) per month backdated to January 1 and an additional 90 lei (24.52 euros) starting September 1. The initial proposal was for a raise of 144 lei.

Iordache said workers are maintaining their demand for a pay rise of 550 lei per month.

Workers at the plant have been on strike since March 24.

A Renault spokeswoman, meanwhile, said earlier today that a Romanian court ruling on the legality of the strike is expected this afternoon.

Renault claims the strike over pay is illegal, because the labour unions did not follow proper advance procedures.

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