Romania - Public sector unions plan general strike - September 30, 2009

Public sector unions have called for a public sector-wide strike on 5 October in protest at the government’s plans to impose a new pay structure. The government is responding to demands from the International Monetary Fund to reduce public spending and reform public sector pay as part of a loan package that was also negotiated with the European Union. The unions argue that groups of workers will be left worse off by the changes but that they will call off the strike if the government agrees to negotiate over reforms to the pay system. "This is an alarm bell for the government," said Aurel Cornea, leader of the education union.

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