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Trade unionists members of the CNS Cartel Alfa protest in Bucharest dissatisfied with energy prices and impoverishment of the population. Hossu: If we don’t see a solution to our requests soon, we’ll return ten times more

Trade unionists members of the CNS Cartel Alfa on Thursday have gathered to protest in Victoriei Square of Bucharest, dissatisfied with the high energy prices, the non-application of the Pay Law and the blocking of collective negotiations, announcing that if their requests are not fulfilled, they will return “ten times more” to demand the change of the Government.

“We have economic growth, we want each of us to see it reflected in our pocket. From this point of view, salaries must increase, pensions must increase. Last but not least, as government, there are guarantees for the implementation of Parliament’s decisions. We have laws voted by parliamentarians which are not implemented, such as the law on budgetary salaries, the law on the status of railway workers, which is unacceptable. They have blocked our collective negotiations, they must unblock them. They have a task in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan to change the law. It’s been a month and a half and they haven’t done anything to solve this problem. We didn’t come to bring down the Government, but if we don’t see a solution to our demands in the next period, we will come back here ten times more, with one goal: Down with the Government!” Bogdan Iuliu Hossu, the president of the confederation, said in front of the protesters.

He announced that on Friday CNS Cartel Alfa representatives will go to the Presidential Administration, “to remind the president” that as head of the Supreme Council of Country’s Defence (CSAT) “he must declare a state of energy emergency”.

“Precisely in order to control energy prices for us citizens, but also for the economy, because otherwise the economy will have the effect, as we can already see, of the closing of enterprises, thus loss of jobs, which is unacceptable for their interest,” Hossu pointed out, according to Agerpres.

After they gathered  in Victoriei Square (venue of the Romanian Government, ed. n.), the trade unionists started to march towards Revolutiei Square to submit papers to the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Energy.  Afterwards they were scheduled to return to Victoriei Square.

 

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