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Update 2: PM Tudose, trade unionists – opposite understanding of negotiations’ results. More than 4,000 protested against Gov’t decisions

The negotiations between Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and trade union leaders who organised the protesters in Victory Square have ended Wednesday afternoon.

Bogdan Hossu, Cartel Alfa trade union leader, has announced that the non-transfer of social taxes from the employer to the employee is considered, but the Prime Minister said that a compensation solution is in fact being sought, ziare.com informs.

“In connection to the two claims, it has been decided to consider not to transfer the social contributions from employer to employee, but to analyze the implication of this decision on the unitary wage law and to find solutions,” Hossu said.

He added that on Friday, at 10:00h, a new meeting with Prime Minister Tudose is to be held to discuss this issue.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has said that the transfer of social taxes from the employer to the employee will not be abandoned, but a compensation solution is being sought.

After the meeting between the trade unions and PM Mihai Tudose, the prime minister said that solutions are being sought so that the wages do not decrease. “If we find a solution, we would give up the transfer, but if we do not find we will look for compensation solutions,” Tudose said.

More than 4,000 trade unionists took part to a protest rally in front of the Government offices downtown Bucharest on Wednesday.

Cartel Alfa Trade Union Confederation announced on Tuesday that it will continue the series of protests, following several Government decisions, and they will be staging a protest on Wednesday morning in Victoriei Square. The ‘Sanitary Solidarity’ Federation has joined the rally.

The main claims referred to the blocking of the transfer of social taxes from the employer to the employee, but also to the amendment of Law 62/2011, to unblock the negotiation and conclusion of collective labour agreements at all levels.

“We will have another black ball because we will actually be the country trying to destroy the social-European model,” Cartel Alfa President Bogdan Hossu said on Tuesday.

The leader of the police union underlined that, most likely, wages in the public system will fall in 2018 and reach the 2009 level.

“We are dissatisfied by Law 153/2017, the public wage law, and Law 63 on Social Dialogue. With regard to payroll, it is clear that by this transfer of contributions the 25% increases will be offset, annulled. Moreover, we have some peculiarities in this law and I refer to Article 25 with the capping. This law, in the system of defence and public security, will not take effect in 2018, because the legislator, in a non-constitutional manner, made the law inapplicable. Practically, policemen and soldiers will not be the beneficiaries of the salary stipulated in Law 153, but we will return to the base salary in 2009,” said the President of the National Union of Police Officers, Dumitru Coarnă.

The Cartel Alfa Trade Union Confederation organized a press conference on Tuesday, during which details of the protest actions during this period, as well as organizational details of the Bucharest rally on Wednesday, were presented.

The protest actions started on September 11 and were organized in several cities across the country.

The ‘Sanitary Solidarity’ Federation announced that 3,000 members will participate to the protest, which will be followed by a rally from Victoriei Square to the Labour Ministry and finally to the Health Ministry.

Police restricted traffic on Wednesday due to the protests announced by Cartel Alfa Confederation until 16:00h in Victoriei Square, and also on Kiseleff Road, on Iancu de Hunedoara St. and Paris St. – one way traffic.

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