Redundant mining sector staff to work for development of road infrastructure

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Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment (MECMA) plans to find a solution to the issue of mining sector redundancies by creating jobs in order to develop the infrastructure in Jiului Valley, announced on Thursday Minister Adriean Videanu during the meeting with the economic counselors abroad.

“In Jiului Valley zone, through infrastructure development, a number of 1,000 jobs might be created. At the beginning of March we will go to Jiului Valley to find out solutions to the social problems the locals are facing. We have the intention to keep the National Company of Peat Coal (CNH) alive, but the company losses have to be eliminated”, said the Minister of Economy.

A number of 3,545 employees from eight energy companies controlled by MECMA are to be made redundant in 2010, according to a Government Decision published in the Official Gazette. the National Company of Peat Coal SA Petrosani will be affected by the highest number of redundancies – 1,600 collective redundancies this year. Minister Adriean Videanu added that, starting with 2011, subsidies will no longer be disbursed to the mining sector.

In his turn, State secretary with the Ministry of Economy Tudor Serban stressed that discussions are under way between MECMA and the Ministry of Public Finance as regards CNH overdue debts. “The International Monetary Fund agreed to examine the analyses on the situation of the company debts. Another issue is represented by penalties, a barrier for the normal economic development of the company”, said Tudor Serban.

According to the Government Decision on energy sector redundancies, the following companies will be affected: Electrocentrale SA Bucharest – 500 employees, National Company of Lignite Oltenia SA – Targu Jiu, Termoelectrica SA Bucharest and SC Electrocentrale SA Bucharest – 300 each, Turceni Energy Complex – 250 and Rovinari Energy Complex – another 200.
As well, the State Company for Nuclear Activities will fire 95 employees in 2010, according to the said document. Those made redundant will benefit of social protection, according to OUG 116/2006. The eight mentioned companies have adopted programmes of redundancies and restructuring till 2012.

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