Bechtel to make redundant all its employees

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U.S. company Bechtel on Wednesday announced Transilvania trade union of its intention to make redundant all the 1,933 employees.

The CNS Cartel Alfa Cluj branch leader Grigore Pop on Wednesday told a press conference, he held together with the head of unionists from Bechtel Mihai Lup, that, in case the Government decides not to intervene and the layoffs go on without any compensation being given to employees, the unionists will resort to trade union movements, including blocking roads.

‘In the context the situation does not change and the Government takes no measures to continue construction works at the Transilvania motorway, as it had made promises during the electoral campaign, we will go out in the street. We will be picketing and blocking roads’, Grigore Pop said. He urged the prefect of Cluj and the Minister of Transport to intervene.

According to the paper Bechtel sent to unionists, beginning March 5 there will be made the notifications of dismissal, following the actual layoffs to take place 20 days later. In the same note, Bechtel motivated its decision to layoff people by referring to the 159.6 million euros it still has to recover from the National Company of Motorways and National Roads in Romania (CNADNR) for work done by early December 2009, as well as the amount of RON 130 million, represents the value added tax (VAT) calculated based on that amount.

Moreover, the company representatives complained the land where to build the route was not being expropriated and the CNADNR was not able to give any assurances payments will be made during this year.

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