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November 23, 2019
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Transportation Ministry asks Metrorex for solutions

The Transportation Ministry announced yesterday that it disapproves the subway unions’ intention to go on general strike, but has asked Metrorex, the subway network’s administrator, for solutions in order to immediately solve the employees’ demands, Mediafax informs. According to the aforementioned source, Nicu Buica, the secretary of state that coordinates the relations with social partners, talked on Wednesday with USLM President Ion Radoi about the problems that concern the signing of the new collective work contract at Metrorex, meetings between the union/administration and the ministry’s leadership set to take place in the following period too. The ministry also points out that it disapproves the USLM’s intention to continue the labor conflict that could lead to a general strike.
Union members from the transportations and public services sectors, members of the Federation of Transportation, Transloc and Public Services Unions “ATU Romania”, protested yesterday outside the government building and will go on general strike on September 30, the subway and Bucharest public transportation network set to come to a halt, union leader Ion Radoi announced.
Protests were organized yesterday also in Satu Mare, Braila, Craiova, Sighisoara, Ploiesti, Targu Jiu, Craiova, Iasi, Focsani, and Cluj. The protests will continue on September 18 with a protest meeting and a march organized by the federation, including by the Metrorex and Bucharest Public Transportation (RATB) unions. A warning strike will take place on September 17, from 4 AM to 6 AM, and on September 30 the union members will go on general strike for an unlimited period, all activity at the subway set to end from 4 AM to 4 PM, Radoi added. The RATB unions will join the general strike, so that on September 30 public transportation in Bucharest will come to a halt until 4 PM, union leaders pointed out.

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