Monday, May 17, 2010

AP: Up to 500 Romanian state sector employees protest

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Up to 500 Romanian state-paid employees have protested in Bucharest over authorities' plans to cut salaries and pensions during the economic downturn.

Police officers, employees in education, health and public administration have called Friday for the government to resign.

Various unions in Romania have announced a 40,000-strong protest next Wednesday to put pressure on the government to not go ahead with a 25 percent slash of public workers' wages starting June 1.

Romania's economy has shrunk by 7.1 percent last year and may contract by as much as 0.5 percent in 2010.

The International Monetary Fund led a euro20 billion ($25.17 billion) bailout last year to help Romania through the economic crisis.

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