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May 16, 2021

Metrorex and RATB employees threaten to go on strike

Union members at Metrorex and RATB have announced they would go on strike on 30 September. According to b1.ro, public transport employees are dissatisfied with their wages and are going to organise a warning strike mid-September. Metrorex employees are also protesting because their wages have stagnated since 2008 and are asking for renewal of their labour contracts. If employees for the underground transport system go on strike, 700.000 passengers will be affected every day. RATB employees have announced they would go on strike as a sign of solidarity to the employees for the underground transport system. Union members are displeased with the government’s lack of communication and claim they have been sending Prime Minister Victor Ponta monthly notifications since January explaining their situation. Chief Executive of the RATB Union Vasile Petrariu has criticised the decision to restructure the management and production departments of RATB by 20 per cent. Demonstrations at government headquarters are scheduled to start today and a warning strike will take place on 17 September. If the desired results are not achieved, unionists will go on general strike by the end of this month.

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