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Police, penitentiaries’ trade unions to stage protests on Saturday, march to Gov’t seat

Trade unionists with the Police, the penitentiaries and the forensics will stage protests on Saturday, 24 March, in front of the Internal Affairs Ministry (MAI), since they are dissatisfied with the pay for the public funds’ staff and the fiscal amendments’ impact upon certain budgetary sectors.

Subsequently, the protesters will march towards the Gov’t’s seat in Victoria Square.

The president of the National Trade Union of the Police Staff and Contractual Personnel (SNPPC) Dumitru Coarna (photo) on Friday stated in a press conference that the police staff have two demands, namely equitable pay and better working conditions, by equitable pay meaning the enforcement of the law, Annex 6, Annex 8, of the Law no. 153 (uniform pay law, ed. n.), in the defence, security and public order systems, too. Annex 6 is referring to the Internal Affairs Ministry (MAI), the National Defence Ministry (MApN), the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), the Special Telecommunications Service (STS), the Guard and Protection Service (SPP), Coarna said.

The trade union’s head also referred to the lack of staff, with rd 30,000 vacancies only at the MAI, a shortage of personnel that is only covered through overwork, which until recently was not paid, it was compulsory and the managers could not give the free days because there were no other staff to work in place. The police cannot close doors, it is a round-the-clock service, Coarna added.

The president of the Trade Unions’ Federation with the National Administration of Penitentiaries (FSANPC) Sorin Dumitrascu said, in his turn, that the guards have already kicked off their protests ever since last August, since then, they have tried to convince the gov’t that they have a lot of issues to solve, such as: the working conditions in a penitentiary in connection with the physical state of the buildings, although all politicians have expressed their concern that the penitentiaries look awful, the investments in the detention places that have been halved, the high number of overwork time that have aggregated and never been recovered (over one million hours!).

“We don’t rule out the possibility to sue the Justice Minister and the ANP heads who vouch for this theft, because it is a theft, one million hours in overwork is money, it represents a lot of time spent in the penitentiary. To this we add the staff’s shortage, the ANP admits we have an almost 4,000-job deficit and that we are somewhere at 8,000 jobs against the standard that has also been decided by the ANP, so this is not a trade union’s invention,” the FSANP president added.

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