The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MTI) is close to coming to an agreement with the unions to only lay off railways workers who are close to retirement or who have exceeded the age of retirement, this year, Constantin Axinia, Under Secretary of State with the Ministry of Transport told Agerpres yesterday.
Some of the almost 5,300 employees in that situation can be laid off based on their age limit, but there are also people who can be laid off upon request, meaning that the ministry needs to prepare a restructuring programme. Trade unions say that about 600 locomotive drivers could be laid off, but that would endanger railway traffic safety. The unions agree to renounce some of the bonuses such as the one for a foreign language and the 75 per cent bonus for employees who work with European funds, but they are not prepared to let go of the bonuses paid for difficult labour conditions.
Other 1,500 employees are to be laid off after the closing down of nearly 1,800 km of railway that is not interoperable (secondary lines) that are not interesting for private operators either.