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March 3, 2021

Unions demand CFR Marfa privatization clauses to be disclosed

The tender’s starting price, set at RON 797,058,000, is significantly below the railway company’s real value, they claim.

The “Cartel Alfa” Confederation and the Federation of Locomotive Mechanics are asking the government and the Transportation Ministry to tell them what terms concerning the employees were included in CFR Marfa’s privatization file, claiming that the file was replaced without consulting the unions. “Cartel Alfa” Confederation President Bogdan Hossu pointed out in a press communiqué remitted to Mediafax on Monday that the file concerning CFR Marfa was issued without consulting the unions, despite the fact that Transportation Minister Relu Fenechiu had taken an official commitment to discuss with union representatives about the clauses that concern the employees. “We remind the Ponta Government and the Transportation Ministry that approximately 9,000 people work within the CFR Marfa Company,” the communiqué shows. Unions say the tender’s starting price set at RON 797,058,000 is well under the company’s real value. “This, as well as the very low minimum turnover level imposed for the potential buyer favors a certain category of investors, interested especially in destructuring CFR Marfa than in revitalizing the company,” the National Union Confederation pointed out in the communiqué. At the same time, unionists claim that the government and the Transportation Ministry have fully assumed the conditions imposed by the European Commission in what concerns CFR Marfa as they were negotiated by the Boc Government, without any intention to renegotiate them although doing that was possible.

CFR Calatori wants to lease catering services

CFR Calatori will lease catering services on 21 routes, being set to organize a tender at the Romanian Commodities Exchange (BRM) on Friday. The open-bid procedure will be organized for the “leasing of catering services on 21 transport routes on passenger trains on which CFR Calatori does not offer these services” contract, a CFR communiqué informs. The routes are divided into 21 batches and the leasing contracts will have a one-year period.

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