Oltchim employers protest, request overdue payments and dismissal of directors




Around 100 employees of Oltchim chemical production unit and members of employees’ rights protection unions started a spontaneous protest yesterday, requesting payment of overdue wages and “the dismissal of directors politically appointed,” according to Ion Vancea, Cartel Alfa union leader from Valcea County, Mediafax notes. Cornel Cernev, leader of ‘Victoria’ union with Oltchim, one of the unions that took part in the protest, stated employees have not received their wages for the last two and a half months, nor were they told when they would be remunerated. “Neither the management nor the legal administrator have informed us on how these overdue payments will be spread out and when this will happen; no one has told us anything about the money scheduled to be received for the month of December,” Cornel Cernev said.
He pointed out the employees requested the director of the production unit for “a discussion with unionists before members of the press,” but the former presumably did not agree with journalists being present at the meeting. The leader of ‘Victoria’ union of Oltchim added some of the participants in Monday’s spontaneous protest plan to go on hunger strike in order to call attention to their problem. According to Cernev, the unit’s activity was not interrupted for the duration of the protest, as employees continued to work in several divisions.
Around lunchtime, approximately 90 employees of Oltchim chemical production unit in Ramnicu Valcea, who protested early Monday in the factory courtyard, went back to their stations, while ten of the employees refused to end the protest and announced they would go on hunger strike, according to Cornel Cernev. The other 90 employees returned to their posts, he underlined. In coming days, the other employees will continue to protest in the unit courtyard, the ‘Victoria’ union leader concluded.
Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea (OLT) is in the embarrassing situation of begging financers for a EUR 15 million loan to reopen one production division, but no bank wants to lend money to the chemical production unit, Andrei Gerea, Minister of Economy, stated Friday. With a 54.7% ownership of Oltchim shares through the Ministry of Economy, the state failed to privatize the unit last year.
A new attempt at selling Oltchim is scheduled for next February and offers can be submitted before January 17.

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