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Dacia-Renault Workers Reject Pay Offer

Thousands of employees of the Romanian car maker rejected an offer from the company and will continue their two-week strike for higher wages and benefits.

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Thousands of employees of car marker Dacia-Renault in Romania rejected a pay offer from the company on Wednesday and will continue their two-week strike to demand higher wages and benefits, a union leader said.
Dacia-Renault said Tuesday it would offer each worker a monthly increase of 390 lei (euro100; US$170). Thousands of workers went on strike on March 24, demanding a monthly salary increase of 550 lei (euro150; US$235).
Union leader Ion Iordache said Wednesday that the strike would continue. Dacia-Renault has challenged the legality of the strike, which union leaders estimate is costing the company euro10 million (US$15.7 million) a day. The car maker has provided no figures for losses.
''For the moment, the workers do not accept this offer,'' Iordache said. ''The strike continues.''
A ruling on Dacia-Renault's court challenge is expected late Wednesday, official news agency Rompres reported.
The workers said they will organize a new protest Thursday in the nearby city of Pitesti. Their last protest drew 8,000 people.
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