Labor Strife Paralyzes Dacia Plant

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
labor strife paralyzes dacia plant

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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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Mar 23, 2013

    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.

    • Carrera Carrera on Mar 24, 2013

      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 :)

  • Carrera Carrera on Mar 24, 2013

    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.

  • Carrera Carrera on Mar 24, 2013

    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.