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October 18, 2021

Open-end protest at Mechel Campia Turzii

Nearly 100 employees laid of at Mechel Campia Turzii protested in front of the complex yesterday, unhappy about not having received their severance packages. Unless they get their pay, workers are set to resume their protest action every day 9.00 am thru 1.00 pm, until their demands are met. They even threatened to sue the company in order to recover packages worth 500,000 euro overall. The local trade union submitted a notification with the Cluj Work Inspectorate late last week claiming the union was unaware of the Mechel Campia Turzii Complex being sold. Protesters shouted “Russians go home” and called on Economy Minister Varujan Vosganian to come at the scene. The protest ended after nearly three hours. One of the protesters said that Minister Vosganian should come and talk to protesters and not just hold talks in Bucharest with the Russian group representatives. The laid-off employees expressed their distrust at promises made by the new Mechel shareholders, who said they are trying to make the payments by March 15. Mechel Targoviste would regain the name of COS Targoviste that the plant hahad before privatization. Work will start again March 10 with 75 pc pf the workforce, Dambovita Prefect Victor Sanda told a press conference Monday. Russia’s Mechel Group has recently sold for the token price of RON 230 (EUR 52), the debt-riddled iron and steel complexes held in Romania to Bucharest-based Invest Nikarom, controlled by two Russian private persons. The transaction concerned Mechel East Europe Metallurgical Division SRL and complexes Ductil Steel Buzau, Ductil Steel Otelu Rosu, Mechel Campia Turzii, Mechel Targoviste and Laminorul Braila. According to Varujan Vosganian, the new owner will restart the Targoviste and Buzau units in March and might take into account the resale of  Braila and Campia Turzii complexes, provided it find buyers for them.

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