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Dissatisfied miners start 320-km protest march from Targu Jiu to Bucharest

Members of the National Quarry and Energy trade union federation have started a 320-km protest march from Targu Jiu to Bucharest to express their dissatisfaction with the situation at the Oltenia Energy Complex and the country’s energy system.

“The 320-km march of miners and energy workers from the Oltenia Energy Complex that starts in Targu Jiu to end in Bucharest City via Craiova – Slatina – Pitesti is the outcome of the avalanches to destroy Romania’s last energy barricade, to sell the country to some foreign interests and also of the political class’ betrayal of the national energy system. Closure of the Oltenia Energy Complex would be tantamount to destroying the Romanian Academy or the extinction of our history and language in Romanian schools. Endangering Romania’s energy independence can be seen as undermining the state economy, with unimaginable and unrecoverable catastrophic consequences. We will rewrite the destiny of the Oltenia Energy Complex,” Chairman of the National Quarry and Energy trade union federation Dumitru Pirvulescu said in a press statement early this April.

The Oltenia Energy Complex (CEO) decided mid-March to reduce or even halt the activity at each of its branches/subunits in the energy as well as mining sectors throughout June, which entails lay-offs of 670 employees of its two Craiova branches SE Craiova II and SE Isalnita.

CEO was saying the decision came as a result of falling demand for coal-based energy.

“For the period of the year when the demand for coal-based energy in the system reaches low levels, namely April, May and June 2016, a reduction/halt was suggested for some activities of each of the branches/subunits of CE Oltenia, both the energy and mining areas. Following the reduction/stoppage of some business, 270 employees of the Craiova II Power Plant and 370 employees of the Islanita Power Plant branch will be at the disposal of the employer for the time mentioned above while drawing benefits of 75 percent of the base pay and seniority bonuses, as mentioned in the collective agreement,” CEO officials told Agerpres on March 16, 2016.

The Oltenia Energy Complex reported losses of 895 million lei in 2015, up 30 percent from its 2014 net losses of 693 million lei.

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