We previously reported that production at the main Dacia plant, in Mioveni, Romania, stopped last week, as workers from the paint shop section of the factory flooded the courtyard demanding higher wages and better work conditions. We also reported, that according to a local source from the country, they were demanding a 25 percent pay raise.
This has now been confirmed by official sources from the factory, cited by Autonews Europe, and while the exact amount by which salaries are set to increase (or not) has not been specified, what has been said, is that the collective work agreement is being renegotiated.
The average wage at the Dacia factory was reported at 3,965 lei, or €898, but that is the gross amount, and what the workers are actually getting is considerably less (around 40 percent less on average). Still, negotiations are underway, and have been ongoing since February.
Furthermore, since the brand is doing very well (better than parent company Renault, in fact), as their cars are being sold around the world in many different markets, and most recently the very picky UK market. They managed to sell some 360,000 cars in 2012, and with the slew of new models that have gone into production this year (and more to come), we don’t see any signs of a slowdown.
Even if the world economy recovers and people begin to have more money again, Dacias will still be bought, less by regular consumers and more by fleets for which costs are of the utmost importance.
By Andrei Nedelea