Two hundred ArcelorMittal Galati employees protest in front of the Gov’t offices in support of BRHA gas pipeline

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About two hundred employees, representatives of the Welded Pipes Trade Union with Arcelor Mittal Galati, have protested in front of the Government offices in Piata Victoriei on Tuesday, dissatisfied that the authorities do not support them to supply the pipes needed to build the Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria (BRHA) gas pipeline.

They carried banners reading “We want the BRHA project, we want to have a job,” and “Romanian steel for Romanian projects,” and “Romanian pipelines for Romanian land,” and “Is your corruption harder than our steel?” or “Are we in the EU to make imports from China?”

Trade union leader Iovita Lungu said they have come in front of the Government to ask to receive orders for the BRHA project. “This project is built in order to avoid Russia gas. The Romanian Government, namely Transgaz, has granted the auction to two Turkish companies and to a Russian one. The project is funded by European and Romanian money. This is what we ask for: we are the only company in the country which could supply the contract without any problems. We are here to protest, to defend our jobs, this is what the promised during the election campaign,” Lungu said.

Another trade unionist claims the executive does not want to build the pipeline with pipes made in Romania, it wants to bring poor pipes from China. “Our stuff, made in Galati, is the best. We will protest until we are heard and until our demands are met,” Gheorghe Munteanu said.

The Welded Pipes Trade Union with Arcelor Mittal Galati is member of CNA Cartel Alfa trade union confederation.

CNSLR-Frăția trade union, the largest in the country, decided last Thursday to start the procedures in order to trigger the general strike in the national economy, followed by Cartel Alfa trade union confederation, which announced last Friday that the member federations have also decided to start the procedures for general strike.

According to internal sources, Cartel Alfa’s dissatisfactions are related to the fact that the employees become the ‘main victims of the political manipulation called transfer of social security contributions.’

Cartel Alfa claimed that the general strike is ‘the natural sanction’ against the governing politicians who want to enforce tax measures contrary to the promises made to the employees.

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