Friday, December 17, 2010

Romanian opposition files no confidence vote in government, says new public wage law is unfair

BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania's main opposition party has filed a vote of no-confidence in the government, claiming a new public sector wage law is unfair.

Social Democratic lawmaker Mircea Dusa said on Thursday that the law, which would cut bonuses and impose a hiring freeze, is unfair because the salaries, which were cut by 25 per cent six months ago, would not return to previous levels.

Prime Minister Emil Boc said Tuesday public wages will increase 15 per cent next year. No date has been set for the no confidence vote.

Romania also needs to pass a 2011 budget and pension reform, without which the IMF will not disburse the next installment of a euro20 billion ($26.67 billion) loan to the country.

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