Otopeni Airport employees could go on strike, although gross average wage is RON 9,300

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The Henri Coanda (Otopeni) International Airport employees are preparing for strike. Approximately 1,500 employees of Henri Coanda Airport – the largest in Romania – could go on strike if they do not reach an understanding soon with the company’s management to sign the collective bargaining agreement.

Mircea Voinopol, Henri Coanda trade union’s leader, has told ziare.com that negotiations have already been conducted in order to conclude a new collective bargaining agreement. It even came to a consensus, more than a month ago. But before the new contract is actually signed up, the airport manager was replaced, and things turned an unexpected turn.

“Our collective bargaining agreement expired on October 12. We’ve negotiated with the former general manager (Dan Dumitru Baciu) and we’ve reached a deal. We signed the minutes and the final negotiation report. Meanwhile, however, Mr. Baciu has resigned, and Mr. Traian Panait has been appointed to replace him. He has not received a mandate from the Board of Directors to sign the collective bargaining agreement already negotiated with us,” Voinopol said.

According to the company’s revenue and expenditure budget, wage costs are RON 169 million this year (for 1,500 employees), which means an average gross wage of RON 9,300.

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