Dacia Workers Launch Sudden Strike, Stop Production at Romanian Plant

Several hundred workers at the main Dacia plant, located in Mioveni, Romania, went on strike yesterday, fearing mass layoffs due to contracts not being signed in time, and criticizing the management for overworking them and treating them “like slaves”.

According to the local media, they are asked to build a car every 40 seconds. They also decided to launch the strike because their request for a 25 percent increase in their pay went unnoticed.

Furthermore, workers complained that they were being oppressively tested for alcohol consumption at the factory gate.

However, to make matters worse, Sindicatul Automobile Dacia (SAD), which is the main workers’ union, was notified today that the protest was deemed illegal and that the workers will not be paid for the day, because they were not actually working.

Nevertheless, production was resumed so that they can continue building cars, to match and surpass last year’s total sales figure of 360,000 units worldwide. Also, with the widest array of vehicles it has ever had in its range, rising sales and the promise of even more models, this one-day strike will not really affect the yearly output or general outlook in any way.

By Andrei Nedelea

Story References & Photo Credits: Mediafax

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