Romania - One-day teachers’ strike as a warning - April 23, 2010

As part of the widespread protest in the country’s public service against planned job cuts felt to be dictates from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), unionists in education organised a one-day general strike on 22 April. The education unions demand the integration of the amendments proposed by the union federations into the education law, the removal of plans to dismiss 15,000 employees, the amendment of the law on unified salaries by including the teaching staff in the upper part of the salary grid, the granting of two 10% hikes for hard working conditions, and the enforcement of the court rulings through which employees won their rights. Union leaders emphasized that the one-day strike was just a warning. ”If our demands will not be met, we will hold a national strike for an unlimited period starting the first half of June,” Marius Nistor of the Spiru Haret union told a press agency.

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