Romania -IMF and EC intervene in a negative way -November 21, 2012

The ITUC has obtained a copy of a detailed not-for-publication joint EC and IMF document that pressures the Romanian government not to adopt a decree that is intended to correct measures/provisions that are inconsistent with core labour standards. The decree is intended to correct flawed provisions in the country’s social dialogue law. The document, Joint Comments of European Commission and IMF Staff on the Draft Emergency Ordinance to Amend Law 62/2011 on Social Dialogue, has been reviewed by IMF headquarters personnel, who acknowledge its authenticity. The EC and IMF pressure the authorities ‘to ensure that national collective labour agreements do not contain elements related to wages’. This is inconsistent with Article 4 of ILO Convention 98, which holds that governments should not enact measures to restrict the scope of negotiable issues in such labour agreements.



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