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Negotiations ended with a compromise: only ‘necessary’ licenses will be extended. Transportation Minister Relu Fenechiu said that giving up some licenses is part of the strategy on efficiency measures.
Some 200 Tarom employees went on spontaneous strike yesterday morning, unhappy with the fact that the airline’s representatives refused to extend the licenses of technical workers, the result of the refusal being a RON 400 drop in their salaries, Aurel Curdov, leader of Tarom’s Technical Union, stated for Wall-Street.ro. Transportation Minister Relu Fenechiu said that only some 50 employees took part in the spontaneous protest and they did not go on a collective strike because they only stopped working during the lunch break, being dissatisfied with the fact that the technical director cancelled the licenses of some of them. The Minister explained that the protesters’ dissatisfaction came as a result of an administrative decision taken by the airline, a decision that, once applied, will lower the incomes of some employees. “We consider that certain activities there should not necessarily take place on the basis of a license,” the Transportation Minister stated, Mediafax informs. Fenechiu also underlined that he wants to render efficient the companies under the ministry’s control, and giving up on some licenses is part of the strategy. “Following negotiations it was jointly agreed that only the necessary licenses will be extended, in line with all national and international regulations in force, the airline assuring passengers that operating all of its airplanes in full safety represents its main priority,” the Tarom communiqué reads. Tarom flights were not affected by the spontaneous protest that took place.
According to the aforementioned source, yesterday’s negotiations between the airline’s, the Transportation Ministry’s and the trade unions’ representatives resulted in the creation of an internal commission that will conduct an objective evaluation in the shortest of times in order to establish which are the licenses necessary for conducting technical operations. The commission will include members of Tarom’s National Technical Union.
Aurel Curdov, secretary general of Tarom’s National Technical Union, stated that the protest was not organized by the union although the union was aware that there was a state of tension among employees and notified the airline’s leadership. “We have 30 persons that have to obtain their licenses this month and he did not approve the extension. I asked him for an explanation and he said he won’t sign for these licenses, arguing that the Court of Accounts will come. I had to tell people what was going on,” Aurel Curdov stated.
The trade union leader added that the entire technical personnel will gradually end up in this situation as the licenses expire. He explained that people will lose approximately RON 400 from their monthly salaries, plus some money offered on leave, as a result of their licenses expiring. Curdov claims that approximately 170 employees still have licenses and are determined to ask for these documents to remain valid until they retire or leave the airline.