No less than 200,000 labor contracts have been officially suspended this week, Labor Minister Violeta Alexandru said on Friday.
“According to data available in the Electronic Employee Registry – the REVISAL as it is known, as many as 200,000 labor contracts have been suspended this week. This is a serious situation for sure. We are prepared for an estimate somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 for this period covered by the President’s [state of emergency] decree. We are constantly monitoring developments and new decisions will follow depending on how things fare,” the Labor Minister told private broadcaster Digi24.
According to Labor Inspection data, there were 5.62 million active employees as of end-February 2020.
“Romania must continue to function, we cannot all go on leave”
Romania has to move on, and things must continue to work, says Labor Minister Violeta Alexandru, stating that “we cannot all go on leave.”
“We all need to do everything possible, as a society, employees and employers, for things to continue going forward. We cannot stop things at once and leave everyone on leave. It is hard to believe that Romania will function if no one is still at work or the economic activity is no longer working. (…) We must make an effort to keep things in a continuous activity, in order to have the necessary resources to continue our life, activity, further on. Wherever possible, we will continue to work. We cannot all go home, Romania has to move forward,” the Minister of Labor and Social Protection told private TV broadcaster Digi 24.
As for the application of the law on free days offered to employees with children in the context of schools being closed, Violeta Alexandru said that no child up to 12 years should be left unattended at home.
“A parent has to attend and take care of his supervision,” Violeta Alexandru said.
The Minister of Labor also said that the law does not allow both parents with children to receive free days during the shutdown of the educational institutions.