Layoffs at CFR Marfa, technical unemployment at Azomures


In late March, the Board of Directors of CFR Marfa initiated layoff procedures for 2,500 employees and according to the agreement concluded with the IMF, a number of 6,376 are expected to remain with the company, a press release issued by the Ministry of Transport shows. Dan Sova, Minister of Transport, met with representatives of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on Thursday and he was asked to provide updated information concerning the progress made in privatizing SNTFM CFR Marfa SA and the arrears, Mediafax reports. At present, CFR Marfa has no arrears to the general consolidated budget or to energy suppliers, Sova pointed out to international body officials, as noted in the press release.
The minister also called attention to the restructuring process taking place at CFR Calatori. “On March 18. 2014, CFR Calatori paid the electricity suppliers of CNCF CFR SA, thus reducing its debt to the company. In addition, the arrears to CNCF CFR SA will be further diminished by April 15, when CFR Calatori will make payments from the second installment of a loan granted under Ordinance 8/2013,” Sova stated, according to the release.
On another topic, Azomures is likewise experiencing difficulties. Unionists at Azomures claim that the new gas price imposed by producers will lead to production shutdown and technical unemployment for c. 3,500 employees, 2,000 of whom work for the plant and the remaining 1,500 work through outsourcing.  On Friday, representatives of ‘Alternativa 2002’ trade union at Azomures issued a press release signed by union president Dumitru Boanta, saying that following recent legislative government changes in gas price regulations, “the producers’ asking price is the same as the regulated market price, even though they are no longer obligated to impose it.” According to the release, the unionists have asked for a meeting of the Social Dialog Commission at the Prefect’s Office in Mures County to be held today, April 7.

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