Wednesday, September 15, 2010

AP: Romanian public sector workers to go on strike

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

A union leader says more than 30,000 public sector workers in Romania will go on strike over wage cuts.

Sebastian Oprescu, chairman of the National Union of Public Workers, said Tuesday workers from hundreds of state institutions will start their strike on Sept. 27.

The government slashed public sector wages by 25 percent in July to meet the conditions of a euro20 billion ($25 billion) loan from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Union.

Romania's economy is expected to shrink by more than one percent this year, after it declined by 7.1 percent in 2009.

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