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September 24, 2021

Railway unionists on 3-day work-in strike

Railway unionists are on work-in strike from Tuesday through Thursday and will decide on Wednesday on starting a general strike from October 1, the president of the Engine Drivers Federation (FML), Iulian Mantescu told Agerpres on Monday night.

“On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday our union members will be on a work-in strike, wearing a white armband in protest to the lack of solutions to their demands . A decision on whether we’ll commence a general strike on the 1st of October will be made on Wednesday, after a meeting we have asked with Transport Minister Iulian Matache. People are very dissatisfied with the working conditions, which is why the authorities should identify solutions fast, to settle the union’s problems,” Mantescu said after a meeting with the ministry’s representatives on Monday.

Railway workers want to sign the collective bargaining agreement by September 30 at the latest and a salary rise by at least 10 per cent.

The unionists also ask to be given meal vouchers for all weekdays, holiday vouchers starting with January 1 2016 and a staff policy capable of guaranteeing the proper functioning of this sector “directly and explicitly linked to the national security.”

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