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March 1, 2021

Minister Sulfina Barbu to meet unionists today

Labour Minister Sulfina Barbu is meeting with trade unions and employers’ associations officials today, following their protest on Wednesday, Romania Libera reports. Unionists say they will extend their protest beyond Oct. 1, unless the government resolution on setting up activity sectors will be passed by then.

“All these talks would start something, hopefully, yet we will carry on picketing until the government resolution comes out. We have talked to the City Hall  so that we will have the protest authorization extended after Oct. 1, unless the government resolution on setting out activity sectors emerges by then,” Bogdan Hossu, the “Cartel Alfa” president, said yesterday.

The nearly-two-hour Labour Ministry protest concluded without incidents. Over 150 trade unionists attended day 1 of the protest.

The protest began a little while after former labour minister and current Deputy Ioan Botis arrived at the ministry, along with other members of the Chamber of Deputies Labour Commission, to discuss “ministerial issues”.

When Ioan Botis exited the Labour Ministry building, the more than 150 trade union members attending the protest began to boo the former minister and to shout “Thieves!”. Mr. Botis went to talk to protesters, who reproached that he left as legacy “the worst law of all times”. When Botis  asked which law they were referring to, they said it was the social dialogue law.

Separately, the “Cartel Alfa” Trade Union National Confederation the Democratic Trade Union Confederation in Romania, the National free Trade Union Confederation in Romania – Fratia and the Meridian National trade Union Confederation yesterday announced their decision to suspend themselves for an undetermined interval from all the social dialogue commissions and the Social and Economic Council (CES), according to Mediafax informs.

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