About 400 members of the ‘Projust’ Federation yesterday picketed the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice and Civil Freedoms (MJLC), calling on Minister Catalin Predoiu to step down, unhappy with the phasing of salary arrears owed to legal ancillary staff. The minister then received protesters in an audience, where he told them the second portion of salary arrears cannot be paid now since it would jeopardize the agreement Romania struck with the International Monetary Fund. Unionists replied by threatening with starting a work conflict.
The justice minister said the economic situation called for a Justice Ministry negative budget rectification, so that the payment of salaries owed will be put off until a date unknown so far, to be established following talks with Finance Ministry officials. Predoiu also aid he would meet with the presidents of courts of appeals and the court clerks on Wednesday and Thursday to approach financial matters, and, also Thursday, with representatives of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) and with court clerks’ federations to present them with a package of measures to then be put before Government.