More than 800 Bechtel employees will be gradually fired throughout February this year, ‘Ziarul Financiar’ informs. Bechtel initiated the collective layoff procedures at the end of last year. The layoffs were scheduled to start on January 20 but they were postponed for ten days following the intervention of the Cluj County’s Labor Inspectorate. The intervention came about at the request of ‘Cartel Alfa,’ a trade union federation whose member the Transylvania Trade Union is. The employer’s decision to make layoffs was motivated by the Romanian state’s failure to pay the work done in 2010. “We’ve managed to postpone the layoffs for ten days but now we can no longer do anything. On Monday the layoff decisions will start to be handed over to Bechtel’s 830 employees. By March 1 all employees will be gone. Only a handful of people will stay behind in order to conserve the works done in Suplacu de Barcau and to guard the equipment within the camp in Savadisla,” the trade union’s leaders stated.