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Court clerks protest against unequal wages, brute working conditions. Activity cut off for three hours

Court clerks countrywide are suspending their activity on Friday, from 10:00 to 13:00 as a spontaneous protest in front of the courts and prosecutor’s office headquarters. A picket also takes place in Bucharest, the Court clerk association in Romania informed.

The court clerks protest against salary inequities and inhuman working conditions. They say that a court clerk in Bucharest with the same situation and experience, for instance, could have a totally different wage from one in Botosani.

“For recognizing and defending the rights and interest of the court clerks, court archivists, documentary and statistician court clerks, we cut off work on October 7 during 10:00-13:00, by spontaneous protest in all cities in the country, in front of courts and prosecutor’s offices, simultaneously with the meeting in Bucharest,” reads a press release by the Court Clerk Association in Romania.

At the same time, the trade unionists invite court clerks from all the courts and prosecutor’s office in the country to join the national protests to support the Projust National Trade Union Federation, which is picketing the Justice Ministry HQs in Bucharest today.

A court clerk from Slatina complained they are working with bugs and mice at their feet.

“So far we have only faced contempt and hostility. People must understand we don’t want any increased salaries. We just want three things: statute, decent working conditions, we are working with bugs and mice at our feet, and a unitary salary grid. There are huge salary differences within the same system. We don’t want salaries increased by 20%. We have unpaid night shifts.

There are 15 courts of appeal, about 180 courts in the country joining our protest. We haven’t cut off or paralyzed the activity of the courts. Our colleagues in the main court HQs will suspend work for an hour, in turn. We didn’t manage to get to the Justice minister. Tens of addresses were sent to the ministry, all without any reply. A court archivist has the salary of an electrician after 35 years of activity, RON 15-18 (about EUR 400),” Marina Denisa David, court clerk at Slatina Court told Mediafax.

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