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May 24, 2022

Spontaneous protest at ArcelorMittal Roman

Nearly 400 ArcelorMittal Roman employees refused to start work yesterday, choosing to protest on the premises of the company, complaining about the fact that workers were hired from a sub-contracting company after several hundreds of own employees had been dismissed in 2009. Trade union members at the steel pipe producer ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Roman claimed the situation was discriminatory as workers hired by ArcelorMittal were being paid less then those employed via third party companies, according to Mediafax. “(…) Unfortunately, in collusion with company management, those workers have been mingled with our company’s employees and, while ArcelorMittal employees receive a salary of RON 720, unqualified workers hired by Maeldo AMC SRL have a salary of RON 930,” the leader of the Petrotub Free Trade Union, Gheorghe Ciobanu, said.

According to Ciobanu, his people are also complaining about violations of the collective bargaining agreement at the level of the plant. A spokesperson for ArcelorMittal, Dorian Dumitrescu, insisted however that plant employee’s jobs are not endangered in any way. At the end of last week, Roman union members sent the Luxemburg-based European leading board a petition reporting lack of social dialogue, violations of local and European legislation and abuses by members of ArcelorMittal management who, according to unionists, were using personal companies. They say that, while ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Roman keeps reporting a loss, ‘parasite companies’ are making a profit.

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