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February 27, 2021

Massive layoffs in gas sector

“Gaz Romania” Trade Union Federation is protesting a resolution by the Board of Directors at E.ON Gaz Distributie SA over collective layoffs, a decision that breaches both the Privatisation Contract and the Collective Work Contract at Unit level, Agerpres reported Catalin Musoi, first vice-president of FS Gaz Romania, as saying. ‘Such decision shows that E.ON Group policies and practices have extended to Romania as well, and failure to observe employee rights and to take managerial responsibility becomes a “habit” under which the group understands to do business,’ Musoi said.

Given the context, ‘Gaz Romania’ is picketing June 18, 2009, noon through 2:00 pm, the E.ON Gaz Romania offices in Bucharest and Tg. Mures. Concurrently, a ‘Gaz Romania’ delegation will join a protest meeting by German fellow unionists at the Dusseldorf headquarters of the E.ON International.

‘Gaz Romania’ holds the right to work as a fundamental right and will always sanction abuses against it. ‘Our organisation appeals to E.ON and Romanian state institutions to concentrate their efforts in the current crisis context towards job creation and persistence. No business or economy could operate in healthy fashion if those who ensure its profitability fail to assume the responsibility that goes with it, the more so as they generate gestures bearing a major impact on the life of many people,’ the union leader said. “We know what an economic crisis infers, and although many are those who stand to accuse us we don’t have a grasp of business principles and we are only good at scare tactics, in more than 15 years of negotiations, we have learned all too well what free economy is about. This does not mean that baseless pretexts should get us to agree with serious breaches in contracts, or that acting under different umbrellas: trade unions, employers’ organisations, state, we will ever forget that our role is a simple one: to protect employee jobs, as this is about human lives, which means they have rights about which their employers are ‘forgetful’. Well, ‘Gaz Romania Trade Union Federation will make sure E.ON does not forget,” ‘Gaz Romania’ President Eugen Luha said. ‘Gaz Romania’ a national trade union, defends the rights of employees in the national gas sector; at SNGN Romgaz, SNTGN Transgaz, E.ON Gaz Romania – formerly Distrigaz Nord, and the GDF Suez Group – formerly Distrigaz Sud and Congaz.

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