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March 4, 2021
BUSINESS

Layoffs programme in 15 energy companies

PM Victor Ponta says he hasn’t seen the document yet, however the restructuring of state companies, same as in the case of private ones, is always necessary, but the procedures existing in all Europe do not begin tomorrow.The government will start a layoffs programme in 15 energy companies, under restructuring and reorganisation projects that will be enforced during 2013-2018, with the redundant employees due to receive compensation payments and completion monthly income.The restructuring of state companies, same as in the case of private ones, is always necessary in order to adapt to the market and the financial situation, but the procedures, existing all over Europe, do not start tomorrow, PM Victor Ponta said, adding that some companies will remain subsidised.“I have not seen the document. I am not aware about it and I will ask the ministers. I saw the news too, this will be until 2018. No such strategy has been presented in the government,” Ponta assured. He added that the government only extends the protection adopted in 2006 for the employees from state companies and will not fire personnel, as the ordinance already prepared to this regard provides that the government will approve the number of employees that “will be laid off in 2013-2018.” He said that the government only tries to keep in effect a regulation issued in 2006 and extended in 2009.The social protection system of the employees from the state companies included in a restructuring process was regulated in 2006 and the validity of act was extended in 2009, but not without a reason, because the government prepared at that moment a new list of layoffs, and a legal framework was needed in view of granting compensatory payments. The same procedure will be enforced by the acting government through an emergency ordinance which clearly stipulates that a government decree will set the companies that may operate collective layoffs and the number of employees “that will be made redundant.” The Ministry of Economy made public the draft ordinance that provides the start of a programme of layoffs from state companies in the energy sector, a programme that will be in effect from this year until 2018, eliminating SN Carbunelui Ploiesti from the list of units that will operate redundancies. The list unveiled Wednesday afternoon by the ministry features 15 companies which have/will have programmes of restructuring or reorganisation approved by 2018, but Societatea Nationala a Carbunelui Ploiesti is not present on that list.The purpose of this restructuring consists in reorganising the activity of companies and reaching a competitive price of electricity and thermal energy, which implies making redundant a number of employees. “Economic-financial analyses made in each national company outlined the mining perimeters of perspective and those that will be closed. As a consequence, each economic operator will draft a restructuring programme that will include the number of employees to be made redundant during 2013-2018 and will benefit from the social protection granted to people who lose their jobs through collective layoffs,” reads the document, which also invokes the commitments taken by the government to the International Monetary Fund.The list includes Complexul Energetic Hunedoara, Societatea Nationala de Inchidere Conservare Mine Valea Jiului, Compania Nationala a Uraniului, Complexul Energetic Oltenia, Societatea Nationala a Sarii, Societatea Nationala a Huilei Petrosani, Regia Autonoma pentru Activitati Nucleare Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Compania Nationala a Cuprului, Aurului si Fierului Minvest Deva, with its branches, Cuprumin Abrud, Baita Stei, Societatea Nationala a Carbunelui Ploiesti, with its branches, Termoelectrica, Electrocentrale Grup, Electrocentrale Galati, Electrocentrale Bucuresti, Electrica, with its branches, and Transelectrica, also with its branches.The document also features a list of companies that may hire people laid off collectively, but only in activities of preservation, closure, environmental cleaning and monitoring after the closure of mines. This list includes Minvest Deva, Societatea Nationala de Inchidere Mine Valea Jiului, Remin Baia Mare, with its branches, Compania Nationala a Uraniului Bucuresti, Societatea Nationala a Carbunelui Ploiesti, with its branches, Complexul Energetic Oltenia, Societatea Nationala a Sarii Bucuresti, Cuprun Min Abrud, Baita Stei.

Persons made redundant will receive unemployment benefits

The restructuring programmes will necessarily include “the employees that suit the provisions of Law 263/2010 on age retirement, with the reduction of standard ages of retirement, the measure being applied also to the members elected in the executive leadership organisms of trade union organisations,” reads the document. The persons made redundant will receive unemployment benefits, monthly completion income and compensatory payments granted in accordance with the provisions of labour contracts applicable in each company.Compensatory payments may be granted only to the persons that signed individual work contracts for unlimited duration at least 36 months before the date of the layoff. They are not available to those who already received compensatory payments under a collective layoff scheme, regardless of the act that regulated the collective layoff. After the end of the time period when the unemployment benefit is paid, the persons made redundant will receive, until the conclusion of the period established depending on seniority, a monthly completion income equal to the net individual salary for the last 3 months before the layoff, set according to the clauses of the individual work contract, but no higher than the average net salary per economy in January the year when the layoff was operated, as it was announced by the National Statistics Institute.

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