Romania: Miners’ strike continues

The miners’ front is strengthening as protests continue for several days over non-payment of their salaries on time, despite the fact that the Finance Minister assured their trade unionists that they will take on arrears by February 26th.

About 60 miners have barricaded themselves in the basements of the Lupeni Mines threatening to go on hunger strike if their demands are not met.

This morning, hundreds of miners from the Lonea and Livezeni mines gathered at the Hunedoara Energy Complex to demand arrears: wages, food stamps, transportation and heating costs.

Prime Minister Florin Citu said today that “it is a difficult sector” and that “the transition to a green economy is coming with problems.” He understands the miners, he said, and knows they are going through a difficult period, but he does not believe the solution they have chosen will yield any results. He also said that there are politicians who want to take advantage of the miners ‘problems, but promised that during his term there will be no miners’ march in Bucharest.

PSD President Marcel Ciolacu said the PSD did not want to add fuel to the complaints of Valea Jiului miners who did not receive their salaries. “When you are standing on a social bomb, you should not feed it. Especially in the case of a party the size of the PSD. You should not use (to your advantage) people grief; you have to go out and tell them the truth, “Ciolacu said, explaining why the Social Democrats did not go to Lupeni like other politicians.

The PSD president believes that the solution to the miners’ problems is not the march to Bucharest.

In this context, Ciolacu simultaneously explained what he wants from the PSD: the kindness and common sense of Ion Iliescu and the very good organization of Liviu Dragnea’s term party. I want the return to the party of professionals brought by Adrian Năstase, the youth air brought by Victor Ponta and last but not least, the diplomacy of Mircea Geoană, stated Marcel Ciolacu last night on Antenna 3.

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