BNS union president: We propose Govt measures to keep jobs

We’ve proposed the Government a couple of measures aimed at keeping the jobs in the economic environment, National Trade Unions Bloc (BNS) president Dumitru Costin said on Wednesday.

One of the steps the BNS officials proposed refers to the expansion of the Emergency Ordinance No. 28/2009 stipulating the co-financing of the short-time work from three to six months to the companies willing to keep their employees and do not want to lay them off.

‘The second measure is aimed at a financing line managed by the Managing Authority for the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development whereby the employers are given the opportunity to curb their employees’ work time, and retrain them while the companies are covered the costs, and the employee may get a full time salary, and at the end of a work day.

This helps with keeping as more jobs as possible in the economic environment,’ Costin stressed The BNS official also mentioned a third measure, related to the introduction of the concept of economically dependent work.

In Costin’s opinion the concept should be implemented on the entire Romanian labour market, because there are very many labour agreements disguised in very many forms and that fail generating any contributions to social security system.

‘Once issued the Emergency Ordinance on the rectification of the state budget and the social security, you’ll see what considerable amounts are transferred from the state budget to the social security one, to pay social security services and benefits, pensions or severance.

We no longer want to maintain the excess of disguised work agreements on the labour market. We want an uniform norm of dependent labour to be enacted,’ Costin specified.

He added that to the same extent, the trade unions proposed Prime Minister Emil Boc, on Wednesday that along with re-writing the law on the public pension system, the social security contributions should be capped, with a view to support the economic units through curbing their social contributions.

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