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Railway workers start labor conflict

Strike possible in March.

The Railway system’s trade unions are threatening that they will go on strike in early March and have started their conflict of interest yesterday since the collective work contracts have expired in all three railway companies. Trade union members claim that they will not accept salary cuts and collective negotiations.
Gheorghe Fratica, President of the Federation of Freight Unions, stated yesterday, at the end of the talks that took place within the Federation’s National Council, that railway workers will not show up for the professional re-examination that Transport Minister Anca Boagiu asked for. Traffic controllers, locomotive mechanics, wagon mechanics, train conductors and line inspectors should have taken part in this re-examination. According to the Freight workers, the net average salary stood at RON 1,240. Moreover, he underlined that the Freight branch still has 31,400 employees, with the administrations planning to sack 3,086 of them.
Iulian Mantescu, leader of the Locomotive Mechanics’ Federation, stated on Monday that the IMF representatives have stated that they agree with the restructuring of the three railway companies and with the privatization of CFR Freight, arguing that the government claims that there is no other solution. In the trade union leader’s opinion, if the three railway companies are restructured and employees are sacked in the absence of other economic-financial measures then sooner or later these companies will go bankrupt.

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