6 Apr 2010

Romanian drivers strike against austerity cuts

More than 4,500 bus and tram drivers in Bucharest staged a strike without warning last Thursday. Employees were protesting their pay had decreased, with an austerity budget meaning no overtime and Easter bonuses. In March workers were also stripped of free travel in the capital.
The Romanian government has frozen wages for 1.3 million public workers this year and said it would cut 100,000 jobs to meet budget demands set by the International Monetary Fund, which is lending a £20 billion package of loans to the country.

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