Penitentiaries trade unions federation file criminal complaint against Justice Minister, request dismissal. Tudorel Toader risks 7 years in jail


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The Penitentiaries National Trade Unions Federation (FSANP) has filed on Wednesday a criminal complaint against Justice Minister, Tudorel Toader, to the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court). The federation accuses the minister of abuse of office and of violating the right to union representation, and requests his dismissal ‘for incompetence and for repeated attempts to misinform the public opinion’.

The complaint was filed on May 30, informs.

“On May 24, 2018, Tudorel Toader abusively refused to allow the FSANP representatives to attend the meeting at Justice Ministry’s offices to debate normative acts, thus limiting the representation attributions and their mandate in view of defending and promoting the professional rights and interests of the trade union members. Although during May 2017-May 2018 several rounds of negotiations and official meetings took place between Tudorel Toader and the FSANP representatives, the minister dared, once again, to intentionally misinform the public opinion and the mass-media, invoking a so-called lack of attributes of the trade unions delegation, which insistently requested on his dismissal for incompetence and for undermining the penitentiaries system. Obviously, Tudorel Toader was aware of the fact that FSANP is representative trade union federation for the penitentiaries system, as the Justice Minister signed an agreement with FSANP, represented by its elected leader, only ten days before this incident – thus representing an obvious discrimination of our organisation,” the FSANP representatives say in a press release issued Thursday morning.

The trade unionists request that, “until the competent organisms will pronounce regarding the criminal complaint for abuse of office and violating the right to union representation,” the dismissal of Minister Tudorel Toader “for incompetence and for repeated attempts to misinform the public opinion.”

The same source says that, according to Law 62/2011 on social dialogue, article 218, paragraph 2, the criminal offence of limiting the attributions of trade unions leading members is sanctioned with jail from 3 months to 2 years, whereas article 297 in the Criminal Code sanctions the abuse of office with sentences in jail from 2 to 7 years.

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