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April 21, 2021

Sharan Burrow, International Trade Union Confederation: IMF’s advices on the labour market undermined democracy

Romania was on the frontline of the attacks carried out by the IMF, World Bank and European Commission troika against workers’ rights, and the IMF’s advice on the labour market undermined democracy, Sharan Burrow, Secretary General of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) stated.

According to her, in 2011 the Romania Government, spurred by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Commission, dramatically weakened labour legislation, with serious consequences for both trade unions and employers’ associations.

Likewise, Sharan Burrow pointed out that the ITUC Global Rights Index 2015 places Romania on 4th place on a 5-rank scale and notices systematic violations of employees’ rights.
“Regulation through collective negotiations in Romania has been significantly weakened… The cumulative effect of firstly eliminating collective national-level negotiations, secondly of hardening the extension criteria at sectoral level, and thirdly of the need for an absolute majority of trade union members to enter collective negotiations at company level, is the fact that over 1.2 million workers, especially those employed by companies that have fewer than 20 employees, are being effectively excluded from collective negotiations, with an immediate negative effect on salary levels and labour conditions in general,” Sharan Burrow points out in the interview.

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