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Update: Thousands Dacia car plant employees protest against the Gov’t decision on Tax Code reform. ‘They hate us’ – trade union leader says

About 10,000 Dacia car plant employees, according to irganisers, have taken to the streets in Mioveni on Tuesday, to protest against the Government decisions on the Tax Code reform, on the intention to transfer the social security and health security contributions from the employer to employees.

It is the first such protest the Mihai Tudose cabinet is facing, antena3.ro informs.

The streets in Mioveni were closed and the Gendarmerie has appealed for calm.

It is the first time the Dacia plant employees have stopped the production in order to attend the protest. Previously, the employees protested in shifts.

The protesters wore the national flags and chanted: ‘Down with the Government!’, “Down with Dragnea’, ‘Down with the party-liar’, ‘Unity’.

The protest lasted for an hour and a half, no incidents were registered.

BNS trade union leader Dumitru Costin said the protest is a first in a series of protests countrywide and a meeting in Bucharest. “We must show them we are united, we are against their will to mock the Romanian worker. I don’t know what they have against us, but for certain they hate us, they hate the workers. They’ve amended the Labour Code, have restricted the right to strike, are still blocking the collective bargaining and now they come with this craziness,” Costin said on Tuesday.

Nicolae Pavelescu, the leader of the Dacia trade union, said the employees have decided to protest due to the “Government incapacity to run the country.”

Automobile Dacia trade unionists announced last Thursday they will organise a protest of about at several plants in Arges County, against the transfer of social security and health contribution from employer to employee.

The trade union’s deputy leader, Ion Iordache, said the protest will take place in front of the Trade Union’s Cultural House in Mioveni, on November 7.

“It will be a protest against the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition. We are dissatisfied by the intention to transfer the contributions from the employer to the employee. It’s unprecedented and we will fight against it. This transfer will have devastating effects on the employees,” Iordache said.

The trade unionists highlighted that the protest aims also to draw attention on the collective bargaining agreement. Besides, the trade unionists want to express their indignation against the uncertainty related to the building of the Pitesti-Sibiu highway.

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