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March 21, 2023

Sarbu: Massive layoffs should be avoided

Massive layoffs should be avoided during this period, with the jobs representing the main preoccupation and the main theme of the talks that will take place between the labour unions and the employees’ associations in the following months, Labour Minister Marian Sarbu stated, Agerpres informs.

The Labour Minister stated that the public sector employees should accept the social measures that the Government proposed, measures such as the unpaid 10-day leave, because in that way massive restructuring can be avoided in the coming years. ‘Until we slowly get out of the complicated economic situation in which we find ourselves in, this type of measures are to be expected and I also rely on the people’s understanding not only on the Government’s efforts. I have taken the measures so that in case the figures go up and the number of unemployed follows that trend, we would have the necessary resources in order to pay all of our obligations,’ the Labour Minister pointed out, underlining that he maintains his point of view according to which at the end of this year the unemployed figure will stand at 600,000 – 620,000. ‘To this effect, yesterday (Tuesday – editor’s note) I’ve called in for talks the leaders of the labour union centres because I would like us to establish very precise criteria in case there will be significant layoffs too, so that the measures would be least painful,’ the Labour Minister added. However he avoided mentioning the number of employees that will be sacked.

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