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200 Sanitas trade unionists protest in front of Ministry of Finance

More than 200 trade unionists in the health system have started on Tuesday at 11.00h an action of picketing the Ministry of Finance, the second in the series generically called “A Tuesday with Sanitas” and a trade union delegation is expected to discuss with representatives of the Ministry of Finance about payroll issues, Sanitas trade union chief Leonard Barascu has said on Tuesday.

Barascu said he does not expect the discussions to be attended by Fin Min Anca Dragu, but he hopes that the issues discussed will ‘reach her ears’.

According to Leonard Barascu’s estimates, in order to fix the problems generated by the two ordinances, for 25,000 people the budgetary effort would amount to about RON 10 million per month.

The protest movement in front of the Ministry of Finances offices is the second one in the series generically called ‘A Tuesday with Sanitas’, which involves organizing such actions every Tuesday.

Sanitas chief announced in mid-September that Sanitas trade union Federation will go on general strike in all hospitals in the country on October 31 unless a solution is reached with the authorities on the unitary pay law.

He added that Sanitas has set a timetable for action and protests preceding the general strike on October 31. The protests schedule include: picketing the Labour Ministry on September 20 with some 200 people;September 27 to picket the Finance Ministry, on October 4 the Health Ministry and on October 11 the parliament. On October 19 Sanitas will stage a two-hour warning strike and on October 31 will have general strike.

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