Dacia unions are currently negotiating a new work deal at Renault’s facility from Pitesti, Romania.

Dacia employees resumed work after a spontaneous strike which halted production for one day and a half. The Renault spokeswoman said that the illegal strike started on Wednesday morning, March 20th, and ended on Thursday at midday. Renault did not say how much output was lost during this period, but it is known that the plant in Pitesti manufactures 1,400 cars per day.

Dacia spokeswoman Anca Oreviceanu said: “We’re negotiating on the collective work agreement. We don’t know the impact on production yet.”

According to media reports, Dacia employees are protesting against pay issues, looking for a 25% pay increase. The average gross pay for the automaker’s workers was 3,700 lei ($1,100) in 2012, compared with the national average of 2,100 lei.

As Europe continues to be affected by the economic crisis and austerity measures, Dacia’s low-cost cars continue to sell well in the region. In February, Dacia sales in Europe increased 1.5% to 20,423 units, according to industry organization ACEA, compared with Renault’s sales which fell 14.8% to 58,423 units. In January and February Dacia’s sales have increased 11.7% to 41,043 vehicles, while Renault dropped 12.7% to 115,289 vehicles. In 2012 Dacia’s global sales reached 360,000 vehicles, an increase of 4.8% from 2011.


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