Monday, June 14, 2010

1,000 go on strike at Daewoo shipyard in Romania over wage increase demands

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Some 1,000 workers have gone on strike at the Daewoo shipyard on the Black Sea over demands for pay rises.

Union leader Marian Florian says employees want a monthly raise of 300 lei (euro71.50; $86.71) and a yearly bonus. He says they were offered an increase of just 40 lei (euro9.50).

Mediafax news agency quotes personnel manager Gemal Memetcea as calling the strike illegal and saying the company has filed a court appeal to stop the strike.

Some 3,000 work at the Daewoo Mangalia Shipyard in southeastern Romania.

Romania is in a deep recession and the government wants to cut public workers salaries and pensions to keep a budget deficit of 6.8 percent.

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