Wednesday, August 3, 2011

About 1,000 post office employees protest in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — About 1,000 post office employees have gathered outside the Ministry of Communications in the Romanian capital to protest the running of the sector.
Protesters say the state-owned company which employs 34,000 people is losing money because the management is inefficient, and are calling for the resignation of Communications Minister Valerian Vreme.

The post office plans to close down hundreds of offices this year, with protesters in Bucharest saying Tuesday about 1,400 people are expected to lose their jobs. Management says many will be redistributed to other offices.

The International Monetary Fund — with whom Romania has an agreement — has urged authorities to reform unprofitable state-owned companies.

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