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January 25, 2022

Govt. takes responsibility for Labour Code no matter the outcome

Government will pass the Labour Code draft bill by taking responsibility before Parliament , government spokeswoman Ioana Muntean formally announced Wednesday. The first reading took place at Wednesday’s session of government, with the document to be put up for approval by the Economic and Social Council and the Legislative Council. “The labour minister brought the draft bill to the Executive members’ attention. The government is now awaiting the nod from the Economic and Social Council, and the Legislative Council. Once the document passes, government will meet to adopt the draft bill by taking responsibility for it.

Adreea Paul Vass, an adviser to the PM, said on Thursday that government resolved to make the Labour Code more flexible, even at the risk of being voted out of power. “Without an active policy on the job market, both on the demand and the supply side we cannot talk of Romania’s short-term economic development. Making the Labour Code more flexible is one such target, despite the risk of going out of power,” Vass told a conference laying out government’s strategy for developing small and medium-sized enterprises (IMMs) in 2009-2013

Trade unions however dispute several provisions in the document, threatening to take their protest to the streets. Invited at today’s relevant talks with the PM and the labour minister, union delegates say they would only participate if representatives of employers’ associations too attend the meeting, given separate talks have been scheduled instead. “I’ll send the premiere a letter to ask him to hold a joint trade unions employer associations meeting. Unless he agrees, trade unions will not attend the Labour Ministry meeting Friday,” Bogdan Hossu, president of the “Cartel Alfa” trade union organization, said.

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