Over 3,000 policemen have been protesting on Saturday, on the Romanian Police Day, outside the Interior Ministry (MAI) headquarters, being dissatisfied with the level of wages in comparison to other budget sectors.
The policemen started to gather in the parking in front of the Ministry starting 9:00 hrs and the protest started around 10:00 hrs.
They demand Interior Minister Carmen Dan to observe the rights of policemen and MAI personnel, gendarmes, firefighters. Moreover they request the removal of all the dysfunctions in the public payroll.
The protesters are blowing vuvuzelas and display placards reading “Over 60 percent of MAI employees have the minimum wage,” “Upgrade the Police Stations’ headquarters,” “We want an equitable salary law,” “You want to offer European services with worthless salaries?”. They also chant “Carmen come here and greet the Police.”
After the meeting outside the MAI headquarters has finished, the protesters marched toward the Victoria Square where the protest will is scheduled to continue until 16:00 hrs.
The protest is organized by the National Unions Federation of Policemen and Contract personnel of Romania and the PRO LEX, but unaffiliated policemen or affiliated to other unions are welcomed to join the protest.
According to a press release sent to AGERPRES by the organizers, the policemen demand an emergency ordinance to be issued that would stipulate the growth of salaries by 20 percent and the calculation of benefits based on the time sheet (for night labour, for hard labour conditions, for working on Saturdays, Sundays and during public holidays) to the basic salary, starting 1 April 2017.
Moreover, the union leaders believe that within the same ordinance, the payment of ensuring house-call intervention service by 40 percent of the salary must be stipulated, for doctors as well.
Another demand aims at the removal of the 30 percent capping of the salary for benefits, compensations, bonuses and indemnities, but also a growth of 100 percent (compared to the current one of 75 percent) for the labour performed in weekly rest days and on other days when labour is not to be performed according to the regulations in force.