The government will freeze the employment of fresh police school graduates within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) until the end of this year, against the backdrop of MAI layoffs, an emergency ordinance draft obtained by Mediafax reveals. Thus, graduates will be distributed to MAI units on December 28-30, 2011 and appointed to their jobs starting on January 1, 2012, so that they will show up for work starting on January 3, 2012. At the same time the draft allows the layoff procedures to start on the basis of the already existing legal framework that gives the Minister the right to disband and transfer units in order to stay within the limits of the approved number of jobs and of the earmarked budget. The layoffs will affect MAI’s public servants, army priests, soldiers and volunteers and are justified in the document by the “deepening” effects that the economic crisis has had on the public sector, including in what concerns its capability to finance its expenditure on salaries.
Unions accuse ministry of violating contracts
‘Pro Lex’ President Vasile Lincu stated yesterday that by blocking the employment of police school graduates the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) is violating the contracts it signed with the said graduates the moment they entered police structures. Lincu claimed that by applying this draft the MAI violates the terms established when these persons entered the system, namely the fact that they will be offered a job when graduating. “MAI should allocate jobs for future graduates, considering that the vacant jobs will be erased by the measures taken this year,” Lincu underlined.