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June 18, 2021
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Workers threaten to block Transylvania Motorway if layoffs continue

US company Bechtel continues to lay off workers from the Transylvania Motorway worksite, with the exception of 300 who will be kept on to work on the Campia Turzii-Turda portion, Bechtel union representatives claim, threatening with protests, according to Mediafax. Bechtel trade union leader Mihai Lup has recently stated, after the three hours of talks with the Bechtel management, that the company representatives intended to continue with the layoffs as the Romanian state had not paid up its debts to the company. ‘The Bechtel management refuse to postpone the layoff decision invoking the fact that they have not received the due payments from CNADNR. They plan to lay off approximately 1,600 workers and keep only 300 for the work on the 10.2 Km between Campia Turzii and Turda’ Lup said.


According to him, the union is preparing a protest action in the event of layoffs, going as far as blocking roads and even the Transylvania Motorways. Lup noted that, sometime the following week, the Bechtel trade union members would try to get a firm answer from the Ministry of Transport on the provision of the funding for the continuation of the work on the motorway project. The Bechtel concern and the unions agreed, on Monday, to continue working on the 10.2 m long Campia Turzii – Turda segment if the financing was provided.

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