BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Carmaker Dacia announced the temporary closure of a Romanian plant Monday just hours after it reopened following a month long production halt blamed on the global economic crisis.
The French-Romanian company said it would stop building cars from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8 because of tumbling sales, particularly in Romania.
The factory in Mioveni, some 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of the capital Bucharest, reopened Monday but Dacia management said car building will be at 80 percent of the level before the month long shutdown.
Union leaders said they will organize a protest in the town on Tuesday to demand that jobs in the car industry are protected. The company, owned by French Renault SA, employs about 14,000 workers.
The company said the economic crisis led to a 50 percent drop in cars sales in Romania in November 2008 compared to the year before. Renault SA has invested euro1 billion ($1.28 billion) in Dacia since buying it in 1998.