Railway unionists announce Japanese strike and threaten general strike

Newsroom 16/09/2015 | 18:55

Railway unionists asked for 10 percent increase in wages, meal vouchers and holiday vouchers, and have announced a Japanese strike will take place between September 22 and 24, according to Mediafax.


Union representatives from six union federations (the National Federation of Railway Trade Movement, the Federation of Locomotive Drivers, the Federation “Iron way”, the Elcatel National Federation, the Federation of Coaches Branch Unions and the Federation of Railway Transporters Trade Unions) accuse representatives of the National Railway Company (CFR) of delaying negotiations. CFR representatives, in turn, say they are open to negotiations but that they lack support from the Ministry of Transportations in meeting the requests.

Trade unions requested to sign the collective labour agreement no later than September 30, wage increases by at least 10 percent, vouchers for all working days, holiday vouchers from  January 2016 and an improved staff policy.

“In protest against the diffidence showed so far by the three railway companies’ representatives and the Ministry of Transport, railway unions will trigger between September 22 and 24 a general Japanese strike and warn that for the next period railway workers are likely to trigger spontaneous strikes, discontinuing work,” reads a press release by union representatives.

Unionists warn that if their demands are not met, a general strike will come into effect starting October 1.

Natalia Martian

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