BUCHAREST -- A Romanian court has suspended a pay strike at carmaker Dacia, owned by France's Renault SA, after reports of violence during the industrial action, an official said on Wednesday.
Thousands of workers at the plant near the town of Pitesti, northwest of the capital Bucharest, launched an indefinite pay strike last Friday, bringing production to a halt.
"The court ruled to suspend the strike for two weeks following some physical aggression by strikers against employees who did not want to join the stoppage," Dacia spokesman Silviu Sepciu told Reuters.
Dacia said production was back to normal after the court order was issued, obliging the striking employees to return to work. Trade union officials were unavailable for comment.
The trade unions are demanding a 23-percent wage increase, while management has offered only 13 percent.
"We will continue negotiations with the trade unions during these two weeks and we really hope to get a positive result," Sepciu said.
Reports in the media this week quoted a senior Dacia manager as saying that losses caused by the stoppage amounted to up to two million euros ($2.15 million) per day.
But Sepciu challenged the figure, saying an accurate evaluation was difficult as not all of the plant's 16,500 staff had actually joined the four-day action.
Dacia, which has annual output of some 70,000 cars, remained the domestic market leader in 2002, when it sold 57,000 units under the Dacia brand. Renault has pledged to launch a new Dacia model in 2004.