Police will hold protest actions if the Interior Ministry decides to go ahead with layoffs, the head of National Police and Contractual Staff Trade Union (SNPPC), Marian Gruia, told Mediafax yesterday. The SNPPC leader added that Interior Minister Vasile Blaga is aware of the warning but is determined to go ahead with the plan. The layoffs should be enforced as of January 1, but the number of people to be let go is not yet known. “There will be some evaluation criteria and based on these, we will have a number. Speculation says that there could be thousands of people on national level. Word has it that there will be up to 10,000 people who will be sacked, but officially, there has been no number,” Gruia said. He added that layoffs would severely affect the police force’s activity, given that it is already short of about 8,000 people. Gruia also said that SNPPC began consultations with all members to agree on the best form of protest.