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Thirty-three researchers write “euthanasia” application

A number of 33 of the 54 employees at the National Research and Development Institute of Oil Equipment –  IPCUP Ploiesti signed and yesterday made public a “collective euthanasia application” to Traian Basescu, Premier Victor Ponta, Economy Minister Varujan Vosganian, Research Minister Mihnea Costoiu and Gabriel Dumitrascu, head of the Office for State Ownership and Privatization in Industry. The reason for this “euthanasia” application” is the IPCUP employees not being paid since 2010. “Please, understand we have become millstones around the neck of our families, our children, who have to provide us our daily at an age when we’re able to work and could be useful to the society we live in.  We live under the specter of eviction orders as we can’t pay the bills and bank loans.

We feel abandoned by the authorities in this country and treated as second-hand citizens, slaves without any right, although we are legal state employees with open-ended employment contracts. We consider that the Romanian state would find it easier to euthanize us, given our salaries are in the coffers of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) <which froze the IPCUP accounts for debt reasons>, which is state-owned as well,” reads the application.

IPCUP employees hold that they receive “unsubstantiated promises” from authorizes the issue would be resolved, yet, the situation didn’t change, namely, IPCUP, which is subordinated to the Ministry of Economy has neither a legal representative, nor a board of administrators, and the  institute building has its utilities unplugged. IPCUP Ploiesti employees protested yesterday for the second day in succession  in front of the Administrative Palace in downtown Ploiesti, where there are located the Prahova County Prefecture, County Council, City Hall and constituency offices.

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