Oltchim unionists abandon hunger strike

Unionists at the Oltchim chemical production facility are not pleased with the discussion with government officials because they only managed to set a new meeting in February regarding overdue wages. Nonetheless, seven of the eight hunger strikers decided to abandon the protest, according to Corneliu Cernev, leader of Victoria Oltchim union, as cited by Mediafax. He said he asked the Chief Executive to reactivate Ordinance 36 – which provides social security to employees who wish to be laid off under these conditions – if no offer is made by investors by end-February and no capital resources are accessed to restart the facilities. During the discussions at government headquarters, it was also agreed that unionists would be informed on a weekly basis with respect to all actions taken to access working and privatisation capital, and they, in turn, would inform the employees. The unionist who is still on hunger strike stated he would not give up because he had come to government headquarters in the hope of meeting with the Prime Minister, which did not materialize.

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