According to a press statement by the Romanian Post, the strike caused the company RON 4.5 million losses in only a few hours. The company proposed to its employees, who are on strike since Thursday, October 27, two plans to increase wages. The proposals were made on Wednesday, October 26.
Specifically, the unions received on Wednesday two new salary schemes that “take into account legal provisions and the financial situation of the company.” The first proposes increases between RON 60 and 200, while the second one proposes increases between RON 60 and 140. Both salary schemes can be implemented starting 1 January 2017.
Both salary schemes are targeting 22,303 employees, specifically those with wages between RON 1,250 and 2,202. The first focuses on the employees with the smallest wages, which will also benefit from the biggest increase. Thus, according to the first scheme, the employees with the smallest wages will benefit from the biggest increase. Namely, postal workers with salaries of RON 1,269 will receive a RON 200 increase. Those whose wages stand at RON 2,202 will receive a RON 60 increase. The second scheme proposes a RON 140 increase for employees with the smallest wages, while those with the biggest wages will receive RON 60.
According to the Romanian Post, the decision lies with the stakeholders. Moreover, they argue, the employees’ protest has a major impact on the company’s activity.
The Romanian Post employees are still on strike. According to Postal Workers Union in Romania (SLPR) Secretary General Ionel Otelea, over 15,000 employees in over 1,000 postal units are participating in the protest.