The National Penitentiaries Workers Union (SNLP) gathered some 250 members in a protest in front of the Justice Ministry on Thursday, asking for the filling of vacancies in the system and for the full payment of overdue wages.
The demonstration began at 9am, with the crowd blaring vuvuzelas and chanting “Down with the liar minister!” and “Get out, miserable mongrel!” and carrying signs that read “We are working on debt”, “We’ll take the streets despite the Code Orange”hot weather warning” and “You ask performance and give arrears.”
“We’re in the street to ask Justice Minister Robert Cazanciuc the urgent opening of 1,000 vacancies, as the number of positions provisioned in the penitentiary system is currently way below the legal limits. There are 15,500 positions stipulated now, of which 3,000 have been permanently vacant over the past eight years. We are also asking the full payment of [pecuniary] rights of the staff, namely those decided by Romania’s Government and Parliament in 2014 for the personnel of the national defence structure, still unpaid to date,” SNLP leader Stefan Teoroc explained, according to Agerpres.
Protesters intend to register at the ministry a list of their requests.
The protest was scheduled until 11am, but the penitentiary employees are going to wear from Thursday on black armbands in support of SNLP.