Trade unionists stage protests at Romanian Postal Company, Oltchim


Over 100 people protested on Wednesday for one hour in front of the main headquarters of the Romanian Postal Service National Company (CNPR), calling for the resignation of the leadership and wage increases according to the high volume of work and the bad working conditions.
The trade unionists asked for the resignation of CNPR Managing Director Ion Smeeianu, Executive Director Rosita Alexe and the people they brought in the company. In addition, the protesters called for a 20 percent increase in their wages, the payment of extra hours, the provision of consumable office supplies, postal uniforms and bags, as well as new employees on vacant positions.
Among others, protesters shouted “Down with Smeeianu”, “Smeeianu, the liar, down, down, down!”, “The Thieves”.
Many participants were dressed in their work uniforms. They complained about earning salaries of RON 600, in poor working conditions, pointing out they cannot lead a decent life given these amounts.
Leader of the Postal Workers Trade Union in Romania, Matei Bratianu accused director Smeeianu of cutting spending by making employees redundant and freezing positions and of having attempted to introduce electronic gaming and audio commercials to obtain funds. The picket was organized by the Postal Workers Trade Union in Romania, which announced four days of protests.
After the Wednesday protest staged both in Bucharest and in front of nationwide prefect’s offices, a new demonstration will be held on Sunday, as of 10 a.m. in the Bucharest-based Victoria Square, where about 5,000 people are expected, as estimated by the organizers.
A Japanese style strike will be held nationwide on Tuesday, May 13, and two days later, people will take to the streets and protest as of 10 a.m. in front of the headquarters of county postal offices and the headquarters of the Romanian Postal Company in Bucharest.
Also on Wednesday, in Ramnicu Valcea, nearly 70 former employees of the Oltchim plant protested in front of the headquarters of the Ramnicu Valcea Prefect’s Office, as they received no severance payments, as stipulated in the collective labour agreement, after they had been made redundant last year.
The representatives of the protesters said they decided to stage a protest to draw attention to the fact that the about 1,000 people made redundant last year at Oltchim received no severance pay.

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