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September 23, 2021

Unions rally in the streets for cabinet’s dismissal

The country’s five main trade union federations are launching a new week of wide-scale protests today, with a first rally scheduled to be held at Parliament, when the government assumes responsibility over austerity measures.

About 3,000 public sector workers and pensioners are thus expected to stage a big demonstration at the Palace of Parliament. Protesters also plan to set up a human chain around Parliament building between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. today. Also Monday, protesters plan to stick pictures of ruling coalition lawmakers with critical messages around parliamentary offices and party headquarters, Realitatea TV reported.

Today’s protest will be followed by rallies on Tuesday and Wednesday, between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., also at Parliament, expected to gather 2,000 people, while separate demonstrations will be held all over the country in front of lawmakers’ offices, in order to convince MPs to vote in favour of the opposition’s no-confidence vote and have the government dismissed.

A nationwide general strike is also set to be held on Tuesday, when the opposition’s no-confidence motion will be discussed. A massive human chain, expected to gather at least 4,000 people, will be organised at Parliament next Tuesday, June 15, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., unionists announced.

“The strike is destined to lawmakers, to let them know that the citizens they represent in Parliament are discontent and that their vote can show they are siding with voters. Lawmakers’ vote is a decisive one. It’s up to them whether a social crisis will come to overlap a severe economic crisis. We hope the no-confidence motions will be passed and the two draft laws on salary and pension cuts will be blocked,” a major trade union leader, CNS Cartel Alfa president Bogdan Hossu warned last week.

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