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Trade union confederations require PM Ciolos urgent meeting on minimum wage and state budget

Leaders of trade unions Cartel Alfa, BNS, CNSRL Fratia, Meridian and CSDR showed, in an open letter to Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, their surprise by the announcement of the Minister of Finance of the intention to freeze the minimum wage guaranteed to be paid from January 1, 2016.

They explain to the head of the Executive that, normally, the economic growth must be shared fairly to all, and this is not reflected in measures adopted by the Fiscal Code, that gives advantage only to the capital holders of or to those with high incomes.

“Of the 5 percent cut of the contribution to the social security budget benefited exclusively the employers”, trade unions’ leaders say.

Trade union confederations remind the Prime Minister that the UN Special Rapporteur pointed out recently that Romanian citizens are the poorest in the EU, drawing attention to the deeply divided society, with over 40 percent of the population at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

The signers of the document said to Prime Minister that the poverty phenomenon in Romania should be the number one issue on the agenda of government and public policy’s priority.

Another argument of the trade unionists refers to salary increases of high dignitaries, whom wages were increased by 300 percent as of August 1, with no legal basis, and the same it happens with the allowances and special pensions for dignitaries and now for mayors and councilors.

“Taking into account all these, we ask you for the emergency convening of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue, whose president you are, with two topics on the Agenda: setting minimum wages guaranteed payment and the state budget for 2016”, the confederations union show.

The Government announced recently that is set to freeze, for the moment, the minimum wage at RON 1,050 (approximately EUR 235), even though the former cabinet promised to increase the wage to RON 1,200 (approximately EUR 270) as of January 1, 2016.

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