By on March 22, 2013

A 36 hour strike at a Dacia plant in Romania led to the loss of 1,500 cars, as workers agitated for wage improved and increased working conditions.

Plant managers said that less than 20 percent of the workforce participated in the strike, but it was still significant enough to disrupt output for over a day. Workers at the Dacia plant are looking for a 25 percent bump in their wages, which average around 837 euros per month.

Workers at the plant claim that they are pressured to complete a car once every 40 seconds, and also objected to the apparent installation of alcohol testing at the plant.

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11 Comments on “Labor Strife Paralyzes Dacia Plant...”


  • avatar
    thelaine

    OK Derek, I couldn’t just sit here and allow tomorrow to come without one single person in the entire world commenting on your article. Even Canadians won’t back you on this one, so you know you’ve hit a low point.

    So:

    1. What the hell is a Dacia?

    2. Is Romania the place where they have vampires?

    There. One comment.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    Come on, thelaine, everybody knows the Dacia is one of those European economy cars we don’t get here, because of the headlights or something. Everybody also knows Romania is where Dracula came from too, though Bela Lugosi was actually from Hungary and spoke with a Hungarian accent all the time, not just for the Dracula movies. You have to get out more.

    It’s shocking that they went on strike because of earning “only” 837 Euros. According to my calculations, 837 Euros times 1.28 dollars per Euro times twelve months divided by 52 weeks divided by 40 hours a week (assuming a 40-hour work week) comes to somewhere around $6.18 per hour. That’s not enough? It’s a lot cheaper to live in Romania than America, so that six bucks and change goes really far.

    I would think they would be happy about alcohol testing. Some of that cheap export Russian Vodka is iffy, you could go blind with a bad batch. There must be more to that than is being reported.

    The key point with this report is that the loss of 1500 Dacias probably kills the profit margin for a week, and Renault needs all the profit on Dacias it can get to make up for the high costs on cars built by their French workers. I expect we’ll see Carlos Ghosn in Romania soon, gesticulating wildly and inspiring the workers to make up for the lost production.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Agree with all, especially the getting out more part.

      Since the alcohol testing cannot be the reason for the strike, and you have confirmed the vampire issue, I can only conclude that the strike is vampire-related. This is the real story that Romania does not want you to know.

    • 0 avatar
      Carrera

      Actually for being born in Romania and visiting every two years or so I could tell you that it is almost as expensive to live there as it is in USA. Food is just as expensive or more, gas is a lot more..etc…etc. Average wage in Romania is about 400Euro/month, but people drawing a pension make about 150-200.
      The Dacia workers heard about Dacia’s newfound success in the world and they just want a bigger piece of the pie that’s all. As for the alcohol testing…Renault should be careful…they could be left without a good chunk of their workforce :)

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        Well Carrera, I certainly appreciate your efforts on behalf of Romania to keep a lid on this thing. Nobody wants a panic or international scandal. Still Renault (which is apparently a French car company) built a Dacia (which is supposedly some sort of automobile) plant on top of an old cemetery for Romanian royalty. At least that’s how I heard it.

        Nothing is guaranteed to piss of Dracula more than that. That is his territory, his ‘hood. In Romania, he is both Bloods and Crypts. Now you’ve gone and disrespected him.

        Now Dracula is coming by and sucking the workers dry, making them immortal, but too drained to do anything productive, especially during the day, when they mostly just want to drink and sleep. They have become extremely powerful but incredibly lazy. You cannot kill them, but neither can you make them work. In short, they are unionized.

        This is the beginning of the end Carrera. As a Romanian, you should have known better than to fk with Dracula. He’s not going to be happy until that plant is closed.

        • 0 avatar
          Carrera

          I rather not talk about Dracula…we like to think of him as Vlad Tepes, the ruler who taught the Turks a thing or two about invading what’s now known as Romania. Renault is the best thing that ever happened to that factory. I remember a few years back some stories from the local newspapers saying that the workers were very happy with their wages and work conditions. In the meantime, Dacia Logan, Sandero and the small SUV became some sort of international sensation in the low cost automotive world and next thing you know, the workers want more.

  • avatar
    Carrera

    I am sure you know that Dracula was invented by Bram Stoker right? Romanians only started calling Vlad Tepes “Dracula” to appease the western turists and to keep the turist money flowing. I never knew Vlad Tepes as “Dracula” until I moved to USA in ’92. On occasion, he was also called Vlad Dracul ( which means devil) but not too often. Blood drinking wasn’t much his thing, but impelling enemies on big long spears was.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Carrera, you must know by now that I am just joking. I didn’t really believe that vampires had taken control of the Dacia plant. I did know that Renault was a French car company, at least for the time being.

      However, I am honestly surprised to learn that you did not know about Dracula until you moved to the US. I am also frankly surprised to learn that Romanians do not necessarily consider Tepes to be a villain, but instead more of a patriot who may have taken things a bit too far. That really is news to me.

  • avatar
    Carrera

    Well, how would I know Vlad Tepes was known in the Western world as Dracula? I grew up during the communist times. I was 14 years old when the curtain fell. Information from the Western world wasn’t readily available. In the 80s, we only had about 2 hrs of state TV/day, and about 10 hrs Saturday and Sunday. During those hours, they weren’t really discussing what the West calls Vlad Tepes, but mostly how Communism and Socialism will triumph over Capitalism because people will demand it.
    As for hero vs villain…Remember, he was a ruler during very turbulent times. His “nuclear deterrant” was the spear. You invade, you get the spear. The Ottoman invaders weren’t that nice either. You can see how he was seen as a hero to his people. I am sure the Turks don’t think fondly of him.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Carrera, I would like to thank you for sharing that. What an incredible place and time you have lived through. I’ll bet you have some stories to tell. I hope your Romanian family and friends are well and that conditions have improved since you were a teen. I’m sure the quantity of TV now available is a mixed blessing ;).


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