Romanian CFR To Lay Off Some 11,000 Employees

About 11,000 employees of the National Railroad Company (CFR) are to be fired, according to data presented Wednesday to the unionists by the representatives of the Transports Ministry.

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Romanian CFR To Lay Off Some 11,000 Employees

Locomotive mechanics union leader Iulian Mantescu said Wednesday, after the meeting with transports minister Radu Berceanu, secretary of state Constantin Axinia and the directors of the three railroad companies, that 1,400 employees working at the passenger division of the national railroad company, CFR Calatori, are to be fired. About 1,000 jobs at infrastructure division (CFR Infrastructura) and 8,500 at the freight division (CFR Marfa) will also be scrapped.

Iulian Mantescu said a first meeting with the representatives of the ministry took place on Wednesday, and on Tuesday the unions will discuss with each division. 

Berceanu vowed to “struggle” in the Government in order to get money for the railroad companies, at the next budget revision.

Mantescu added that regardless of the number of layoffs, “nothing will change unless the Government allots money from the budget for the railroad companies.”

Berceanu said on May 25, after the discussions with the unionists, 3,700 employees that meet the retirement conditions would be laid off and the bonus expenses would be reduced.

The leader of Miscare-Comercial Federation said in May 920 employees from CFR Calatori, 1,300 from CFR Marfa and 1,500 from CFR Infrastructura would be laid off.

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