Wednesday, January 14, 2009

AP: Romanian car workers demand job protection

BUCHAREST, Romania: Some 2,000 employees of carmaker Dacia Renault have held a rally to demand the goverment protect jobs in the country's auto industry.

The carmaker announced Monday it was temporarily shutting a plant in the central town of Mioveni that only reopened this week after another month-long closure.

Workers gathered on Tuesday in downtown Mioveni, some 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of the capital Bucharest to press their demands. The French-Romanian company said it would stop building cars for two weeks from Jan. 26 at the factory. The company's Romanian car sales in November were half of what they were a year earlier.

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