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SANITAS trade unionists follow suit Cartel Alfa, announce street protests in October

Sanitas Federation trade unionists are getting ready for protests and a large-scale rally on October 19, dissatisfied by the limitation of bonuses and by the proposal to transfer contributions from the employer to the employee.

Their announcement comes one day after the “Cartel Alfa” trade union confederation announced that it would picket the prefecture offices during September 25-29 in every county and it would organize a protest meeting in Victoriei Square, Bucharest on October 4. Trade unionists are also discontent with the Government’s intention to transfer the social contributions from the employer to the employee.

“The SANITAS National Council has decided a few protest movements in October. We will start by collecting signatures for a possible strike, but until then we will try to picket the headquarters of the Ministries of Finance, Health and Labour, on October 2-6. We want to organize a big rally on October 19, where we estimate to gather around 15-20,000 participants,” SANITAS Federation of Trade Union President Viorel Husanu said on Thursday.

The union leader claims he has decided to picket ministries for two or three important reasons, which have “a devastating impact on the health and social care system.”

“There are mainly two or three reasons, but very important ones, which have a devastating impact on the health and social care system, and the list is very long. The two or three important ones are the limitation of bonuses, and as we have said since May, when it was not yet published by the Official Gazette, the wage law, which clearly leads to income decreases in health, because large hospitals will not be able to close on 30%. Also, meal vouchers will be cancelled as of January 1, even if it is said that food norm will be granted as of December 1, 2018. People cannot live with the promise that between January and December next year they will not take anything. The third reason is the possible transfer of contributions from the employer to the employee. According to our calculation, each professional category will have lower earnings,” Huşanu said.

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