ROMATSA CEO hands in resignation, Transport Minister asks unionists to give up strike

Ion-Aurel Stanciu, CEO of Romania’s air navigation service provider ROMATSA, on Friday handed in his resignation from the institution’s helm, prompting Transport Minister Iulian Matache to ask the corporation’s trade union and management to continue negotiations, sign the collective bargaining agreement and give up the planned strike, the Ministry informs in a release this Friday to Agerpres.

“Following the resignation Mr. Ion-Aurel Stanciu handed in today [on Friday], as CEO of the corporation, at the meeting of the ROMATSA Board of Directors, I am asking both the trade union and the corporation’s management to continue negotiations for the conclusion and signing of the collective bargaining agreement, and most of all, give up the general strike. I consider this protest is useless under the current conditions, and does nothing else but affect the air activity and the citizen’s comfort,” said Iulian Matache.

ROMATSA unionists announced on Monday they would go on general strike on September 1, 2015 beginning with 11:00 hrs, if the authorities do not sort out by then the employees’ grievances, Gabriel Tudorache, president of the Romanian Air Traffic Services Union, announced on Monday.

The ROMATSA corporation filed on August 25 with the Bucharest Tribunal a request for the strike of the employees to be ruled illegal. The Tribunal on Friday rejected the request. The decision is not final and can be appealed.

The Romanian Air Traffic Service Corporation – ROMATSA is operating under the authority of the Transport Ministry; it has the status of national self-financed corporation, holding the natural monopoly of air traffic services, and does not receive public funds from the national budget to carry out its activity or for its investment and development programme.

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