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August 14, 2022

Oltchim starts paying overdue wages

Economy Minister Varujan Vosganian said yesterday  in Craiova that 6-7 companies are interested by the privatisation of the chemical plant.

Oltchim has debts of EUR 793 M and the privatisation procedure should begin in June.

Approximately 400 employees of the Oltchim plant protested yesterday at the premises of the company, and the manager of the plant, Mihai Taplasanu announced them, during the protest, that yesterday they would start receiving the overdue salaries for December and January, Mediafax reports. The protesters shouted “We want to work,” “Liars” and “Out with them.” “We are protesting for almost three weeks. We are unhappy with the overdue wages and the lack of perspective for restarting the plant at a 65 pc capacity. We rallied each day in front of the administrative building, we blocked national roads 64 and 67, we protested at the Ramnicu Valcea prefect’s and mayor’s offices, we even went to the government, but everybody ignores us. We demand the recalling of the collective layoff order and we want our salaries, which we have not received for three months. We received RON 400 since the beginning of the year,” a protester said.

The overdue salaries in Oltchim were due to be integrally paid, from the guarantee Fund administered by the County Employment Agency (AJOFM), the Ministry of Economy informs.

The average sum to be paid to each of the 3,318 employees of the plant is RON 6,300.Moreover, the privatisation procedure of Oltchim should begin in June, Economy minister Varujan Vosganian announced, adding that according to final evaluations, the plant has total debts of EUR 793 M, which turn it in “some sort of black box of the management crisis of state property.” “We presented the effective responsibilities for this, of those who led the plant.

There are also the wider responsibilities of a political class, of some representatives of local authorities and of trade unions,” Vosganian added. “If someone wants to write a doctor’s thesis about the crisis of state property in transition, the example of Oltchim is enough, because it provides all the elements that led to discrediting the state as administrator of its own property,” Vosganian added


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