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Trade unions struggle to block the layoffs at Hidroserv Portile de Fier.
The war that pits the trade unions from Hidroelectrica and Hidroserv companies against the judicial administrator Remus Borza is escalating. Borza excluded the trade unionists from a meeting held at Ramnicu Valcea, attended by over 200 employees of Hidroelectrica – Valcea branch, according to realitatea.net. He said that unionists promote other interests than those of the company and employees. The unions however are not intimidated by the threats made by Borza and say they will continue their protests and will pickets prefect offices and the headquarter of the Ministry of Economy.After the meeting, judicial administrator Remus Borza said that he does not fear the unions and announced other layoffs that will target the office personnel, while leaving operational staff untouched. Borza also told unionists that each employee that will lose his job will receive between 7 and 12 compensatory salaries, instead of 48, as stipulated by the collective labour contract. 120 of the 150 employees made redundant by Hidroelectrica in January sued the judicial administrator over the failure to comply with the collective labour contract.In his turn, the leader of the Hidroserv Portile de Fier trade union, Cristinel Popescu says he is neither intimidated, nor scared by the threats made by Remus Borza. Borza said that layoffs will start with the employees of Hidroserv Portile de Fier, Slatina and Ramnicu Valcea, because they are the most vocal in defending their rights, evz.ro reports. “If Mr. Remus Borza still resorts to unjustified layoffs, we will act to protect our jobs. We will go to state and European institutions. The right to work is guaranteed and it is not we, Hidroserv employees, who should be blamed for the financial schemes that targeted Hidroelectrica in the past,” Popescu stated.In the context, he added that the trade unions have not been consulted over the envisaged layoffs and, if they will be enforced starting next week, trade unions will take the necessary measures.