Romania - Union law barrier for decent bargaining - February 28, 2018

According to a leader of trade union Cartel-ALFA, the law on trade union representation is so harsh that collective bargaining at national and sector levels is virtually impossible. The result is that only a small number of collective labour agreements at company level could be concluded. The law says trade unions must represent 50%+1 of the total company workforce. If they don’t have this proportion, collective agreements are negotiated by representatives who are usually chosen by the management of the company and are not negotiating in good faith. The labour inspectorate in December said there were 9,000 agreements, but only 2,000 are ‘real’ collective agreements negotiated by local trade unions. The other 7,000 are agreed by undefined ‘employee representatives’.

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