News agency Rompres says that a court has ruled in favour of the request by Renault-owned Dacia that the pay strike by the company’s employees is called off.

The court petition filed on Friday, February 21 was asking for security to the company’s assets and people against violent manifestations during the protests.

According to Rompres, the Arges Court of Appeals ruled that the strike be suspended until March 15 to allow pay talks to continue at the company. Late last week, Dacia Pitesti workers went on a general strike demanding a 23% pay increase (consumer price inflation in Romania is around 14%).

Dacia management proposed a 14% pay rise to be spread out over four quarterly instalments. The negotiations failed and according to members of the Automobile Dacia trade union, the decision to call a general strike came after many attempts to solve the conflict and the negotiating table, as well as picketing and a warning strike.

Dacia was the market leader in Romania in 2002, selling 57,000 units of its locally produced Dacia brand, and sees its sales rising to around 67,000 units this year.

The plant is undergoing a vast restructuring programme to meet the French parent’s plans to turn Dacia into its number two brand after its own. Dacia will also make the X90 model announced for Renault’s Moscow plant this week.